Denny Hamlin is angling to become NASCAR's ambassador to the rest of the sports world. He's already aligned with Michael Jordan and Nike on the corporate front, and this April, he'll don the classic caddy whites to haul PGA Tour golfer Bubba Watson's bag around the famed fairways of Augusta National.
All right, technically speaking, Hamlin will be caddying for Bubba on the Wednesday par-3 tournament, not The Masters itself. But still, it's a high honor ... and just like everything good in "The Dukes of Hazzard," it's thanks to the General Lee.
A few weeks back, Watson bought the original General Lee at auction for $110,000. Hamlin, who has known Watson for several years now and played with him several times, agreed to get Watson a firesuit and helmet to match the General Lee. In return, Watson would put Hamlin on the bag for the Masters par 3 tournament, a one-day event played on Augusta's executive-length course.
"He's going to let me hit a shot," said a visibly excited Hamlin, who has never even visited Augusta as a fan. "How nervous do you think I'm going to be?" Hamlin, like Watson a lefty, has taken up golf in recent years and has lopped his handicap down to the mid-teens, respectable for a guy who can't get out and play most weekends.
Of note: Hamlin may not want to do his job at Augusta too well; the winner of the par 3 tourney has never gone on to win The Masters later that week. Then again, a NASCAR driver has never caddied for a par-3 player either. So there you go.