February 4 2012
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bubba Watson's General Lee has gotten plenty of publicity in the three weeks since he bought the car made famous by the "Dukes of Hazzard."
The orange Dodge Charger even landed its own parking space this week in the past champions lot at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Several spaces down, though, another classic has been attracting some attention. It's a red 1968 Fastback Mustang with white racing stripes that belongs to the 2007 champion, Aaron Baddeley.
Baddeley, who lives about five minutes from TPC Scottsdale, has driven the car to the course each of the last two days. Baddeley bought the car in Australia and he and his dad spent about five years restoring it.
"We tried to keep the old feel about it," Baddeley said. "We kept it very simple on the inside -- no radio. We put a Cleveland 351 engine in there and it's got about 500 horses."
The best part? It's probably the white lettering on the passenger side of the car near the front wheel.
"It's great," the Aussie said. "It's got ‘Badds’ on the side which is pretty cool. We tried to keep it original ... yet make it sort of unique for myself."
Baddeley, who shot 67 on Friday and will start the third round at 3 under, also has a Ford F150 truck and a Pontiac GTO RA6.
"I sort of go between the three," he said. "I definitely enjoy driving (the Mustang). I just started getting comfortable driving it now -- just breaking it in and getting a feel for it. It drives so different because it's an old car."