Bubba Watson's golf gets him noticed enough on the PGA Tour. Now it is his car that everyone is talking about.
Watson recently purchased the original "General Lee," the Dodge car Bo and Luke Duke drove during the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard."
He has driven the car to the Waste Management Phoenix Open each day this week.
"The General Lee is more popular than I am," Watson said. "It's probably got more fans that I've got. I just loved it as a kid. As our profession grows and grows I've had the backing to buy it. So it's basically like a comic book for a kid. It's a comic book for me, but I get to drive it around and blow the horn every once in a while."
It is the original "General Lee" with a CB Radio still installed. Watson still has to crawl over the door to get inside the car as the door is still welded shut. It has no back seat, but still has the reinforced roll bars.
Oh yeah, Watson's score of 6-under-par through Friady's round has him in the top 10 heading into the weekend. Now if he can just make some putts.
"I'm going home. I've got friends in town. I've got some golfers staying with me," Watson said. "We're going to play a lot of ping pong and try and forget about how many putts I had and then show up tomorrow maybe with something green on and maybe have at it again."
At the day's end, with the second round still to be completed Saturday morning, it looks like Kenny Perry may be the only member of the Champions Tour to advance for the weekend. The 2009 Phoenix Open Champion is at even-par 142 through 36 holes. The only other Senior player in the field is three-time champion Mark Calcavecchia who had rounds of 75 and 76.
Fred Couples entered the tournament, but had to withdraw prior to the first round.
As most people know, golf isn't the only thing going on at the TPC of Scottsdale this week. There was even a marriage proposal on Thursday night.
Justin Perry, caddie and son of Kenny Perry, proposed to his girlfriend on the 18th hole Thursday night. The sign on the huge scoreboard above the 18th green said, "Brittany, will you marry me? Justin."
She said yes. Kenny Perry's playing partner, Ben Crane reports that Justin did things properly, getting down on one knee to propose.
On the Rebound
Webb Simpson, one shot off the lead after the opening round, squandered any momentum he had on Friday with a triple bogey seven on the fifth hole. A tee shot hit out-of-bounds got the problems started for Simpson.
But he rebounded big time after going from 8-under-par to 5-under-par on one hole. He responded by making birdie on four of his next seven holes to get to 9-under-par and back into the hunt heading into the weekend.