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Bubba Watson's Hovercraft Golf Cart Sighted Around Augusta

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Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterApril 12, 2013

The Masters got off to a rollicking start Thursday, with Tiger Woods shooting a strong first round and a 14-year-old phenom making a debut to be remembered at Augusta. 

But I’ll be honest with you, I could’ve used a little more hovercraft, baby.

Bubba Watson’s “BW1” hovercraft is a lot like cowbell: You can never have too much of it. Luckily for some golf fans, the water-hazard surfing, sand-bunker charging vehicle was spotted around Augusta by several Twitter users who recognized the unmistakable craft and tweeted pictures of it.  

To be honest, as unfortunate as it may be, this author can confidently say The Masters will never see Watson’s hovercraft humming around the Eisenhower Tree on 17. Not this year—probably not any year.

Given, after the admission of its first two female members, Augusta National is becoming more and more flexible concerning its rules and sacred cows, but given the PGA’s strict rule disallowing players (in most cases) the use of carts during play, it’s safe to say we won’t see any golfers behind the wheel of anything this weekend.

Oddly enough, one could argue that the players would be respecting The Masters even more if they all drove hovercrafts like Watson’s on the course instead of walking. According to the promotional video by the creators of the vehicle, Oakley and Thinkmodo, the craft applies “33 times” less pressure to the ground than the human foot.

With that begin said, the vehicle also isn’t lined with cleats on the bottom, so churning up the grass isn’t an issue. 

Alas, Watson’s hovercraft is definitely just dropping into town to drum up buzz and promote the new vehicle, 160 of which are currently in production by hovercraft designer Neoteric Hovercraft 

It’s too bad, some of us were looking forward to the day we’d see this bad boy ramp off the bridge at Amen Corner.

By the time we’re done here, we’ll all be driving gold-plated hovercrafts: Dr__Carson

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