AUGUSTA, Ga. — The first time they won the Masters together, Bubba Watson and caddie Ted Scott had to grind through a sudden-death playoff to beat Louis Oosthuizen with one of the most remarkable recovery shots in the history of green jacketed golfers.
This time, no such drama, no such tension. As they walked up the hill together on the 18th fairway, a three-stroke lead in hand and a second Masters title all but impossible to lose, Scott perhaps thought of the theme to their entire 2014 season and told his man to savor the moment.
“It’s a high you can’t explain,” said Scott, an Opelousas resident and member at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard. “This is the greatest stage in golf. You’re walking up 18, you look around.
“You see the history here, you see the people, the sun’s setting, everything about it is amazing. And you’re winning the Masters again.”
This is the sixth victory in Watson’s nine-year PGA Tour career. The 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion is now the 17th multiple winner in Masters history.
Scott has been with Watson every step of the way since 2006. Sometimes things have been rocky, like last year at the Travelers Championship, when Watson bit into Scott after he hit into the water when contending late on Sunday.
“Of course you’re going to knock heads,” Scott said. “Is there anybody you know that you spend a lot of time with that you don’t knock heads with? Of course not.”
But the good moments far outweigh the bad, Scott said.
“I’m very thankful that I have a job with Bubba,” he said. “He’s a great guy. I think a lot of people misunderstand Bubba. The more you get to know him, the more you’re going to care about him.”
Caring about Watson doesn’t mean Scott understands how his man hits the shots he hits.
“Freak show,” Scott said. “I mean, I can’t describe it any other way.
“On 18 after he hit the tee shot I said, ‘Are you from Mars or something? Because I don’t believe that you can hit these shots that you hit.’ ”
Two shots in particular.
Watson bent a wedge shot out of the trees short and right of the 10th green in that playoff with Oosthuizen that found the green and secured his first Masters victory.
“The shot out of the woods made me famous, but this one was a lot easier on me, on my nerves, my family and Teddy,” Watson said.
Sunday, he laced a second shot through the trees on the left side of the fairway on the 530-yard, par-5 15th, over a pond fronting the green and just down a slope over the back.
“He asked me, ‘What’s the smart shot?’” Scott recalled. “The smart shot is to hit it through that huge gap (in the trees) into the bunker (right of the green), because that’s what he’s so good at. He can pull those shots off. I was personally not even worried about it.
“It’s Bubba golf.”
Watson gets the green jacket as Masters champion. The caddy gets to keep the pin flag from the 18th hole. When last seen in the fading light of a Sunday evening in Augusta, Scott was carrying the pin and Watson’s golf bag up to the practice green for the green jacket ceremony.
No one had to tell Scott to savor the moment.