How Bubba Watson motivated Scottie Scheffler with a bet on Mexican food

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Bubba Watson hits his tee shot Friday on the 8th hole at TPC Louisiana.

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Between Bubba Watson and the 18th hole was a trap and a few feet of green. In the two-man alternating move of the Zurich Classic, Watson’s partner Scottie Scheffler had left Watson with few alternatives.

He chose Chipotle.

“I sliced ​​it in the hardest place to go up and down, but I did it,” Watson said. “So I said to him, I said, hey, because he loved Chipotle, and so did I, so I said, hey, we’re going to Chipotle. If we get that top down, we’ll go to Chipotle. But here’s the kicker, though. His wife couldn’t wait for this tournament because they go out to eat; she has all the restaurants lined up where they go, so he hasn’t eaten Chipotle this week. And I said, well, we’re going to have to tell him that we’ve had our ups and downs, and I said, besides, y’all buy.

“So that released him, and amazing, no matter how hard I hit the shot, if we don’t make the putt, and he hit an amazing putt, so that was good.”

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Watson would throw 8 feet on the par-5 at TPC Louisiana, and Scheffler dropped the birdie putt. One shot after hitting one of his worst shots, he hit one of his best, and they enter Sunday’s final round among contenders. In team golf, players not only have to manage their own games, but often their partner’s, and Watson kept his own with burritos, tacos, salsa and guac.

As Scheffler thought he would be.

“I thought — first of all, when he asked me if I wanted to be partners, I thought we’d have a good time; I thought we would have a lot of fun,” Scheffler said.

Watson, for sure, brought the pink pilot, TikTok presence and Chipotle bets. But Scheffler, it seems, gives as well as he takes.

So how did you two end up, Scottie?

“Uh, Bubba asked for like eight or nine guys. …”

Comedy break.

“And then they all said no and he waited for me, then I waited about four or five days, texted a few guys and no one answered, so I said yes.”

Watson had nothing. He could only manage to smile.

“I uh… we uh… That’s about it,” said Watson, who went on to say that they connected through their Bible study.

Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

Golf.com Editor

Nick Piastowski is an editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories in 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 his score. You can contact him about any of these topics – his stories, his game or his beers – at [email protected]

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