For 15 years Bubba Watson and caddie Ted Scott were one of the most enduring partnerships in the game. Watson claimed two Green Jackets and 10 PGA Tour successes, there were a collection of fall-outs but they still seemed like a proper item.
Then, in September 2021, the pair announced that they would not be together for the new season.
In a Tweet Watson revealed: "After 15 incredible years together, Teddy and I have decided to end our on-course partnership. We recently came to the decision after some deep talks, not only about golf but life. When we met I don’t think we ever imagined how much we would experience together. Teddy deserves more credit than anyone can imagine for our success on the golf course, but I am just as grateful for his friendship and the way he has helped me grow as a person. @jtedscott thank you for having my back for the last 15 years.
"It has been a blessing and a privilege to have you by my side. I know you’ll do great things whether it’s coaching, caddying or regaining the World Foosball Champion title. I’m excited to see and support whatever comes next for you my friend.”
As things transpired Scott then hooked up with fellow Christian Scottie Scheffler and the rest is already knocking a huge chunk in the history books. Scheffler won for the first time on the PGA Tour in February, then added another two more Ws, rocketed to World No. 1 and is now the new Masters champion.
Watson has now expanded on the reason that he and Scott parted company.
“I have no regrets, and I don’t think he does either,” Watson said. “[Scott] has made more money now without me. He needed 10 more years. I haven’t told anybody, but I had some struggles this off-season. Wrote a book about some struggles. My wrist, I had a wrist injury all last year. Had some PRP. So I called him and told him. I said, look, man, I’m 43 years old. I don’t know what I’m going to do. My wrist is killing me. He is like he needs 10 more years, and I gave him — I felt like a nice retirement package when we split up, but we split up mutually.
“I can’t tell you what I’m going to do in six months. He needed 10 years for his own personal retirement and things going on in his life, and so we just split up. No big deal."