Caddy Champion: Ted Scott gets part of third Masters win

Augusta, Ga. (AP) — Ted Scott was retiring for the last time. He was done with golf, ready to do something else, perhaps teach the sport. And when Scottie Scheffler asked the veteran caddy to work for her, no answer came easily.

Scott was really torn. He asked his family to pray on this for a week. He did, and they asked him to take Scheffler’s proposal. He still wasn’t confident enough; Scott asked the family to pray for another week. Nobody changed his mind.

In the end, he told Scheffler that the decision had been made.

“I didn’t choose it,” Scott said Sunday evening, as the sun shines down on Augusta National, tears rolling down his face.

This job, this golfer, this moment, this Masters win – in Scott’s eyes, it was all chosen for him. 1 player in the world, the newly minted Masters champion, is clearly ahead of everyone else in the game at the moment, and everything that has come together for him since Scott – for whatever reason – decided that retirement wait. can do.

“He knows this golf course so well,” Scheffler said. “I have a lot of confidence in this golf course.”

Scott has now been a part of three Masters victories as a caddy. He was next to Bubba Watson for the title in 2012 and 2014. When he and Watson amicably broke up for the last time, Scott never expected him to return to Augusta National.

He wound up as the last caddy to leave the course, the champion’s bag hanging over one shoulder, the flagstick from the 18th green still in his other hand. Caddies often carry the flag with them; Scott took the entire pin and had no intention of giving it back.

“I’m honestly humbled to be part of the team,” Scott said. “I mean, I’ve never hit a shot. It’s the best thing to see these guys from so close. To be able to run up to 18 more six-putts or how many putts we had and still hold this thing So amazing. I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this. And I couldn’t be more grateful about it.”

Most caddies defy credits the same way Scott does. It’s not about them, he says. He is not the first and will not be the last to indicate that the player hits the shot, and that the caddy is just along to walk. all true.

But Scott also knows a lot about being the best in the competitive world. He’s a former foosball world champion – yes, foosball, the tabletop soccer game. He decided one day that he wanted to learn an instrument and taught himself to play the piano. He is about 5 handicapped. The book on Scott is this: When he commits to something, it is a complete commitment.

And so he may have already been drawn to working with Schaeffler. But what really sold him was that golf wasn’t the greatest thing in the 25-year-old’s life. Scheffler talks candidly about her love for the family. He speaks about faith, something that is also dear to Scott. Scheffler may actually be more excited about board-game competitions with friends than he does with anything that happens on the golf course.

Both just clicked. Schaeffler now has four career wins, all in the past two months, all Scott has been working on with him.

“Ted has just done an incredible job,” said Scott Schaeffler, the father of the Masters champion.

Scott wasn’t the first caddy to carry the bag for multiple Masters winners. Willie “Puppy” Stokes was accompanied by four of them – Henry Picard, Claude Harmon, Ben Hogan and Jack Burke Jr., although that all came from an era when caddies were provided by Augusta National. The players could not bring their own until 1983.

This has happened in modern times as well. Steve Williams was on the bag for Tiger Woods’ first three Masters victories, then with Adam Scott for his win at the Augusta Nationals in 2013. Joe LaCava capped for Fred Couples in 1992, then accompanied Woods to his fifth Masters win in 2019. ,

Scott became the fifth caddy to be part of at least three Masters victories. Stokes won five, including two with Hogan. Willie Peterson had the bag for the first five of Jack Nicklaus’ six Masters wins. Nathaniel Avery – they called him “Iron Man” – won four times with Arnold Palmer. And Williams has four wins, three with Woods and then another with Scott.

Schaeffler is returning as defending champion at the Masters next year. Scott hopes to be there with her again.

“I guess I have to keep working,” Scott said.

At the same time, an Augusta National member approached Scott and told him that Scheffler was the first to slip a green jacket over his shoulders.

“Do you want to see him wearing the green jacket?” Scott was asked.

“Absolutely,” he said.

With that, pin 18 still in his hand, Scott began running back toward the course. Retirement was in the other direction.

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