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Scottie Scheffler and his caddie, Ted Scott, on Sunday after winning the Masters.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Ted Scott, maybe a short wedge to the right of the first tee box at Augusta National, was crying late Sunday afternoon. The caddie for the newest Masters winner had his rationale.
“I guess the Masters champion was so I guess I should cry,” he said.
Scott was joking, and those around him laughed. It’s what he does, and it’s a big part of the reason why his man, Scottie Scheffler, is wearing green today. Scott keeps the mood light. No, his tears were for the question that’s been on at least a few minds since the former longtime looper for Bubba Watson came out of retirement last November and picked up Scheffler’s bag.
Earlier Sunday, Watson gave his side. He said he was struggling, and Watson encouraged a split. A short while later, Scott and Scheffler connected, and as Scott retold it all, the emotions of that conversation and ones that followed returned too.
“I had my kids pray about it,” he said. “It took a week, and they said, dad, we think you ought to do it. I said, well, we’ll pray about it for another week. They said, we definitely think you should do it.
“And that was the deciding factor. I didn’t choose it.”
And now Scott is on the bag for a player who’s won four of his past six events, is the world No. 1 and is now a Masters champ. A reporter asked him what’s the “it” that he has.
“Whew, man, if I knew that I’d sell it,” Scott said. “Like I said, I think he has an incredible family and his wife has an incredible family and he has an incredible wife. So the first thing is what happens after he leaves the course. You know, this guy is very loved at home. … I think the beginning of it, knowing that golf is not first and that gives you the comfort to go out and make mistakes and still perform.
“And then secondly, he’s driven. You know, the guy’s wants to do well, he checks all the boxes, he practices hard after the round. You know, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, working and always trying to get better so he just wants to go out and play great golf. It’s a recipe for winning.”
And now, Scott’s booked himself for at least one more tournament.
“I guess I’ll have to keep working until next year so we’ll see what happens,” Scott said.
Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is probably playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash away his score. You can reach out to him about any of these topics — his stories, his game or his beers — at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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