Bubba Watson and a photobombing Denny Hamlin / Getty Images
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.
- Denny Hamlin
- Bubba Watson