RIO DE JANEIRO – It’s impossible to separate Bubba Watson from Ted Scott, his longtime caddie and one of the American’s closest friends.
Even this week Scott is one of Watson’s biggest supporters, although the two are separated by a continent.
“Bubba’s dad was a special forces Green Beret captain. Bubba’s love for the USA is unwavering,” Scott tweeted on Thursday.
The difference this week is that Scott is not on Watson’s bag, electing to not travel to Brazil for the Olympics.
“It was one of those things where he didn't want to take the vaccinations,” Watson said after Round 1. “He doesn't take medicine.”
Watson’s money manager James Randall Wells stepped in for Scott this week in Rio and the left-hander opened with a 2-over 73.
After a decade with Scott on the bag, Watson said Thursday’s round without him was surreal.
“It was very tough,” Watson said. “Obviously he's my best friend. It was like a marriage broke up. But he'll be back.”
Even though he’s not in Rio, Watson said Scott has been sending him regular text messages, including suggestions on how to play the golf course.
“He's looked at the flyovers; he's done it all,” Watson said.