Arnold Palmer Invitational 2013: Tiger Woods won’t even notice Golf Channel’s hovercraft camera

Scott Halleran

Quiet on the tee: Tiger Woods would just love the kinda scary, and very noisy, drone-like camera Golf Channel’s testing this week at Bay Hill. Fortunately, the device that sounds like a swarm of angry bees won’t be in play during the tourney.

Tiger Woods has been known to pitch a bit of a fit when a spectator’s camera clicks on his backswing. So one can only imagine what mayhem would ensue if Golf Channel’s futuristic camera gizmo that sounds like a swarm of angry bees wafted into view as the world No. 2 addressed his golf ball.

Not to worry, Joe LaCava. Contrary to some reports, the Hoverfly Erista that Golf Channel has been test driving early this week won’t whirr anywhere near Woods or his opponents during practice rounds or competitive play.

"We are testing it for our 'On the Range' show that airs tomorrow," a Golf Channel spokesperson told us via e-mail on Tuesday. "It will not be a part of our tournament coverage this week."

A multi-rotor aerial camera system, the Rube Goldberg (ask your parents)-esque contrivance will provide shots from on high for its weekly peek at how some of the pros are preparing for this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.

If the photo below from Titleist's Twitter account is any indication, two-time PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings may feature in the coverage.

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And by the way, it’s real and it’s spectacular.

Golf Channel has no current plans to put the device, which surely has nothing to do with President Obama’s drone program, into play during an actual event any time soon.

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