Bubba Watson's victory at the Masters showcased golf at its best and the sport's athletes at their best. But how could a nearly 45-year-old Dodge Charger put a damper on golf's recent week of great public relations?
Watson's skills and personality were captivating, and so, too, were the refreshing approaches to golf displayed by other young and aging players in the field, Rory McIlroy to Fred Couples.
But now its seems Watson's choice of cars, a 1969 Dodge Charger named The General Lee that once “starred” in the Dukes of Hazzard television program, isn't exactly an image appreciated by NASCAR and likely not the PGA Tour, either.
The General Lee was driven by Luke and Bo Duke in their weekly episode of mischief. The car was named for a Southern hero, General Robert E. Lee, leader of the Confederate forces in the Civil War.
Watson bought one of the 321 General Lee models used in the program in Janaury at auction for $110,000. Like its siblings, it has a Confederate battle flag painted on top, according to a detailed account of the car and the controversy its caused in an article in the Washington Times newspaper.
According to several Internet sites, 17 of the General Lee Dodge Chargers used in the television series are still in existence. The cars feature a 440 cubic inch Magnum V-8 engine that produces 364 horsepower and 490 pounds of torque.
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