The 2012 Masters champion has never had a golf lesson, has never broken down his swing by watching frames of videotape. Bubba Watson is a Georgia Dawg, the shirtless guy in overalls in the Golf Boys video, the one with the pink golf club who also happens to be the proud owner of an iconic classic car.
And to think this whole roll that Watson is on — fatherhood in late March, victory in a major in early April — started when he purchased his “dream car,” the General Lee from “The Dukes of Hazzard” in late January.
He bought the restored Dodge Charger for $110,000 at an auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., gassed ’er up and hit an In-N-Out on the way home. Watson, a 33-year-old Floridian, had “loved the show forever” and owns DVDs of the show — neither of which was a dealbreaker when he was dating his wife, Angie. “At the time we met, she knew that I loved that car and wanted one,” he said. “We made a deal back then that if I ever won a golf tournament, she would let me get one.”
A couple of wins later and he held her to the promise, although the confederate flag on the roof was problematic.
“I said it’s not about the confederate flag, it’s about the show and what it stands for,” he said. “It’s the most recognizable car. So years and years of persuading her, it didn’t help. Then finally we’ve never been to the Barrett-Jackson [auto auction], because I’ve always played the Hope, now the Humana. So I took it off this year. So a friend asked us to go and it was just sitting there.”
The General Lee, like the Masters, was a dream. “I almost passed out when I saw it,” Watson said. The car is “jump ready” with roll bars, Watson said, and “it’s not like it’s easy to get into.” He did not plan to do any jumps in the car, even before he was the Masters champ.
“But I want to drive it,” Watson said in January. “I’m not going to sit like an old man and stare at it in the garage. I’m going to drive it, honk the horn at people and all that good stuff.”
He should wear the green jacket when he does.
So happy for @bubbawatson ... One of the good guys!!! Take the general lee for some donuts in the Masters parking lot!!!— Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) April 8, 2012
.@BubbaWatson I'm so proud of you brother! Can't wait to celebrate with you at my tourney next week!— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) April 8, 2012
Congrats @bubbawatson. Fantastic creativity. Now how creative will the champions dinner be next year?— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 9, 2012
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