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April 13, 2012

Truth & Rumors: The General Lee on Magnolia Lane?

Posted at 10:00 AM by Alan Bastable | Categories: Bubba Watson, General Lee, Louis Oosthuizen, Masters

It was only a matter of time before newly crowned Masters champion Bubba Watson threatened to motor his beloved General Lee down Magnolia Lane, and, well, that time is upon us:

“I don’t know how much they would love it but I would love to,” Watson said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek. “When you have the General Lee, you drive the General Lee.”

Sweet Daisy Duke! What’s next? Will Bubba lop the sleeves off his green jacket? Serve chitlins at the Champions Dinner? Sign an endorsement deal with Chevy? Don’t rule out that last one, says his manager, Jens Beck:

“He’s bought more cars in the last five years than anybody I’ve ever represented,” Beck said in an interview. “Having a car-company sponsorship, that would be very easy for him.”

Beck said he’s fielded inquiries from “all over the spectrum” since Watson won. He said he is focused on servicing Watson’s current sponsors and then finding an appropriate fit for future endorsements, which won’t happen this week.

To be sure, the branding possibilities are endless: Bubba kabobs, Bubba creole, Bubba gumbo. Pan-fried Bubba, deep-fried Bubba, stir-fried Bubba. There's pineapple Bubba, lemon Bubba, coconut Bubba, pepper Bubba, Bubba soup, Bubba stew, Bubba salad, Bubba and potatoes, Bubba burger, Bubba sandwich. That … that's about it…

And for those you wondering what the General Lee would look like at Augusta, Bubba tweeted this photo today:

Indian golfer dreams of Olympic glory in two sports

Move over, Frank Lickliter. There’s a new sharp-shooting pro in the ranks. He’s Jyoti Randhawa, an Indian golfer who’s hoping to chase medals in the 2016 Summer Games in two sports: golf and shooting. An eight-time winner on the Asian Tour, Randhawa acquired his marksman skills from his father, who was in Indian military, reports Patrick Johnston of Reuters:  

While his father's tutelage has obviously helped him become a competitive shot, the Indian said the similarities between his two sports have made the transition easier.

"I just think it is so close to golf because you need so much focus and concentration to be able to place that bullet 300 yards into a nine inch gap to get 10 points.

"There was a lot of stress in (shooting) competition but I have done that all my life. I have handled stress and competition pressure in golf so it is easier for me to handle in shooting especially if it is to do with mental stress and pressure so it is very similar."

Near-miss at the Masters just makes Oosty hungrier

After his crushing collapse at the 2011 Masters, Rory McIlroy hopped a flight half way across the world to play in the following week’s Malaysian Open, where he went on to prove his resilience by finishing third. Louis Oosthuizen, who lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson at last week’s Masters, has followed suit, flying 10,000 miles to Kuala Lumpur for a tee time in this week’s Malaysian Open. Kenny Laurie of AFP caught up with Oosty:

Oosthuizen, shattered by his journey and disappointment, admitted that he was still coming to grips with the Masters defeat, but said he was now more determined than ever to win the green jacket.

“You’ll always be disappointed, especially losing in any major. If it was a normal tournament you’d probably be over it much quicker,” Oosthuizen told AFP in an interview.

“But being a major and being the Masters, it’s something you dream about as a kid getting the green jacket. But to me it gives me more drive to go out there and win it. It definitely just makes me want the jacket more.”

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