Denny Hamlin had a chance to caddie for friend and PGA star Bubba Watson during Wednesday's The Masters Par 3 Contest at Augusta National.
If the year's first golf major was on Denny Hamlin's list, he can now cross it off. The driver did more than “attend” The Masters on Wednesday; during his visit to Augusta, Hamlin served as Watson's caddy, which featured tournament participants, noncompeting past champions and honorary invitees.
Watson, currently 12th in the PGA FedEx Cup standings, and Hamlin, seventh in the NSCS points standings, have been friends for several years and both call Scottsdale, Ariz., home these days. The PGA Tour pro recently extended an offer to Hamlin to carry his clubs for this special event. Watson shot 1-under-par on the nine-hole, 1,060-yard par-27 Augusta, Ga., course that plays over Desota Springs Pond and Ike's Pond.
"It was a cool experience to come to Augusta and caddy for Bubba in the par 3 tournament,” said Hamlin, who was enjoying a rare NASCAR race weekend off before returning to the track next Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. “We have become pretty good friends over the past couple years, and I have to thank him for the opportunity. I'll be rooting for him in the Masters this weekend."