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Ping making Bubba Watson’s G20 pink driver available for purchase

The demand for Bubba Watson’s G20 pink driver is so high now that he’s won the Masters, Ping is responding by making 5,000 limited-edition versions of the club available for purchase.

The drivers sell for $430 and will be available in golf shops nationwide beginning June 1. Ping says it will donate 5 percent to a fundraising campaign called “Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by Ping.”

As we told you on Monday, Watson uses the pink driver to help raise money for his “Drive to a Million” charity project, so this will double the efforts.

The demand for his pink driver was so high Ping’s website was unavailable most of the last two days. Clearly it took no time for Watson, who already had some devoted fans, to become even more popular.

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Bubba Watson uses pink driver to raise money for Phoenix charities

What exactly is it that makes Bubba Watson one of the most likeable golfers on the PGA tour? For starters, he just won the Masters. Bubba defeated Louis Oosthuizen on Sunday on the second hole of a playoff thanks in large part to one of the best golf shots you will ever see. Aside from that, he’s just different. The 33-year-olf Watson is a lefty, often wears white from head to toe, and buttons his golf shirts all the way up. He’s the longest hitter on the tour with an average of 313.1 yards per drive and can draw and fade shots better than anyone, yet he has never taken a golf lesson or watched film of his swing in his life. And then there’s the pink driver.

Watson uses a pink Ping driver as part of a fundraising effort he has in place for the 2012 season. According to his personal website, Bubba has started the Drive to a Million project in hopes of raising $1 million for charity this season. By using the pink driver, Bubba has gotten Ping to agree to make a donation of $300 to Phoenix charities for the first 300 drives that he hits longer than 300 yards in 2012. With the way he’s playing, that $90,000 should take no time to raise.

If unique is your thing, Bubba is your guy. Not only does he march to the beat of his own drum, but Watson seems to be one of the genuine good guys in professional sports today. This guy with his crazy tattoo may have been ahead of the curve, but Sunday gave us all a great opportunity to meet one of the strangest golfers the game has ever seen. And I mean that in the best way possible.

Photo credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

Denny Hamlin will caddy for Bubba Watson at Masters par-3 tournament

When Bubba Watson decided to buy the Dukes of Hazard General Lee car for $100,000 a few weeks ago, he bridged the gap between the world of golf and the world of racing. Not only did he get himself a sweet ride, he also entered into an agreement with his good buddy Denny Hamlin. According to From the Marbles, Hamlin agreed to get Watson a fire suit and helmet to match the General Lee. In return, Watson had to let Denny caddy for him at Augusta. Looks like it’s happening.

Of course, Bubba will need his real caddy for the actual Masters tournament. I don’t know if any of you follow golf, but that’s kind of an important event and Watson may need some advice that a NASCAR driver wouldn’t be able to provide. Or maybe Hamlin is more of a golf genius than I am giving him credit for. You never know. Either way, he’ll only be holding Watson’s bag for the par-3 tourney earlier in the week.

“He’s going to let me hit a shot,” Hamlin, who has never been to Augusta, said with excitement. “How nervous do you think I’m going to be?”

Hamlin’s handicap is somewhere in the mid-teens, which is solid for a casual golfer. Depending on how things go, Bubba may decide to ditch his caddy for the main event and bring Denny on board. Stranger things have happened at Augusta. No, you’re right — they haven’t.

Bubba Watson Buys Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Car for $110,000 (Picture)

What do you do when you’ve won nearly $13 million on the PGA Tour? You buy a badass car used in a TV show, that’s what you do.

Golfer Bubba Watson fulfilled a dream buy purchasing the original General Lee car used in the Dukes of Hazzard TV show. Watson won the car at an auction Saturday with a $110,000 bid. The car was used in the very first episode of the show to jump over a police cruiser.

The best part about the purchase is this is something Watson promised he’d do last year.

“I’m definitely going to get me a Dukes of Hazzard car, a replica that I’m definitely going to get if I win a golf tournament, because my wife said I can do that if I win,” he said at the time. “So if I win, I’m getting a Dukes of Hazzard General Lee.”

You heard it here right now: the day LBS hits seven figures, I’m buying the ****ing Batmobile.

H/T Devil Ball Golf

Fan Gets Tattoo of Bubba Watson, if Bubba Were Right-Handed (Picture)

Over the years we’ve shown you plenty of crazy fans here on LBS who get insanely detailed tattoos as a way of pledging their allegiance to their favorite athletes.  Tattoos like this one of Kobe Bryant, this one of LeBron James, and my personal favorite of Brett Keisel should be considered good artwork if nothing else, I suppose.  It’s nice to see golf getting a shout-out in the tattoo world every once in a while as well.  Check out this Bubba Watson tattoo that Devil Ball Golf shared with us:

Sweet ink, bro.  Watson’s a lefty.  Doesn’t matter tho — not like it’s permanent.  If hilarious tattoo screw-ups are your thing feel free to have a look at this one or this one for another cheap laugh or two.

Pic via GolfWRX

Bubba Watson: Tiger Going the Wrong Way

In a relatively short period of time, Tiger Woods has gone from the most feared golfer on tour to just an ordinary player. Bubba Watson meanwhile has gone in the opposite direction. Watson won in New Orleans last week in a playoff giving him his second win of the year. He’s arguably the best American golfer at the moment, and he decided to dispense some advice for Tiger:

‘I’ll just go ahead and say it. I think Tiger’s going the wrong way,” Watson said. ”I think he’s so mental right now with his swing. Just go ahead and play golf. He used to hit shots, he used to bomb it, he used to do all that stuff. Sometimes I think a lot of the great players, they get too wrapped up in the mental part. When you start talk about other people trying to help you with your swing, look at this, look at that, I think they take a step back.”

So Watson thinks it’s all mental for Tiger and many other golfers when they get too caught up in their swing. Well of course it is. The problem is when things aren’t going well, the tendency is to analyze things to figure out what’s going wrong. The advice from Bubba may be right, but it’s so much easier said than done. As for Tiger, he isn’t as badly off as Bubba makes it out to be. Tiger was making quite a move at the Master’s before Schwartzel took over. In six events this year he’s had three Top 10s. It’s not Tiger good, but it’s not awful.