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Bubba Watson Wise Not to Use Hovercraft as Sideshow Attraction at 2013 Masters

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09:  Bubba Watson of the United States speaks to the media during a practice round prior to the start of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIApril 20, 2016

The hovercraft golf cart that Bubba Watson apparently rides on occasion has gone viral in the past week, but the defending Masters champion wisely did not bring it to Augusta National.

While it would have been humorous to see him riding it around the pristine venue—and fit the quirkiness Watson is known for—it was the right call to leave it in the garage ahead of 2013's first major.

CNN's Jeanne Moos reported on the project, which came to fruition for Watson thanks to some sponsorship assistance from Oakley:

Moos notes that the innovative vehicle made by Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. is priced between $30,000 and $40,000—likely a reasonable cost for some golf enthusiasts.

Orders have been dialed up worldwide, largely thanks to Watson's endorsement.

To explain why Watson may have pumped the brakes on flashing this exciting new design to spectators fortunate enough to attend the Masters, though, it's worth examining one of the more moving moments in recent memory on media day.

Watson is known for being extremely emotional even in front of the press, and that was on display once again in a Tuesday news conference. In recounting what he did with the coveted green jacket, the long-hitting Watson choked up when describing how he wrapped it around his newly adopted son, Caleb (h/t CNN):

As the video above indicates, the amount of respect Watson has for the Masters Tournament and Augusta National Golf Club led him to not partake in any outrageous conduct involving the jacket, contrary to what he may normally do.

In that context, it's reasonable to infer that similar reasoning led Watson to keep the airborne cart parked far from Magnolia Lane.

Attention has already surrounded Watson due to the candidness he displayed on Tuesday. Additionally, his extremely simple, Southern-influenced Champions dinner menu has also generated some buzz in a positive way.

Sir Nick Faldo even commented on the prolonged time Watson had to prepare the cuisine, and then poked fun at what Watson ultimately brought to the table:

The food was probably adequate and scrumptious, but it's easy to imagine how bringing in a high-tech contraption such as a hovering golf cart could have backfired. That prospective stunt would threaten to bring negative publicity to Watson in his bid to become just the fourth repeat winner in Masters history.

By exercising restraint on his aforementioned antics, Watson has instead become a huge source of lighthearted hype as Thursday's opening round approaches.

Bubba Golf is entertaining enough as it is, with all of Watson's daring shots and staggering power making him one of the more popular players on Tour.

Having said all of that, it would certainly be nice to see the hovercraft make a completely public appearance when the time is right.

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