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The Tour Report

April 3 2013

4:15 PM

Bubba hopes to keep hovercraft

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

Bubba Watson’s involvement in the creation of “BW1” -- a customized hovercraft that has the look of a golf cart -- shouldn’t come as a surprise.

After all, a year ago he purchased a replica of the General Lee car used in the Dukes of Hazzard television show.

“We were spit-balling ideas of how to grow the game and make it fun,” Watson said. “Who wouldn’t want to play golf and drive a hovercraft?”

Enter one of Watson’s sponsors, Oakley, and Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc., which makes hovercrafts for recreational use as well as for commercial, rescue and military purposes.

Within 24 hours, the YouTube video of Watson riding around in BW1 had more than a million views.

It won’t be the last look at it, either. BW1 will make an appearance in a segment on the Today Show on Friday.

At first, it was thought the video might be an April Fool’s joke. Oakley confirmed it was real, however, and it has gone viral since.

What will ultimately happen with Bubba’s Hover?

After its stop in New York it will be shipped back to Oakley for a promotional shoot.

Then? Perhaps Watson’s garage.

“I’ll have to see if it’s practical to have at the house,” Watson said. “And if they’ll let me bring it on the golf course (at Isleworth).”