Bubba Watson gets a jetpack to fly around the golf course

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Bubba Watson is the highest-ranked male on the U.S. Olympic golf team, which was officially announced Monday. He’s No. 6 in the world and a two-time major winner.

He’s also one of the biggest characters on Team USA.

His self-taught, left-handed swing stands out on its own, but his big drives are all the more eye-catching considering he uses a driver with a hot pink shaft (to promote breast cancer awareness).

He and his fellow Olympic teammate, Rickie Fowler, are part of a mock boy band, the Golf Boys.

But Watson’s eccentric side has inspired Oakley to create some wacky/cool modes of transportation for him. There’s the bulletproof truck, which Watson actually uses regularly. And the hovercraft, an incredible version of a golf cart.

Now, there’s the jetpack, Oakley’s newest version of a high-tech golf cart. It literally flies around the golf course. Watch it in action here.

According to Mashable, the BW-AIR is an experimental aircraft built by Martin Aircraft. It can fly up to 3,000 feet in the air at 46 mph. In reality, the actual target market for a jetpack is first responders at fire, police and rescue departments.

The jetpack obviously won’t be going to Rio, because even Watson hasn’t been certified to fly it. But he’s on the waiting list for training, something he can pursue after going for the first Olympic gold medal in golf since 1904.

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Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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