Today’s Illustration: J. Ted Scott Who?

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They Played For Their Master at the Masters

Who: Ted Scott

  • Never played college golf
  • Caddie For Bubba Watson, Grant Waite, Paul Azinger, and Olin Browne
  • Caddie for 16 years
  • Bubba Watson’s longtime caddie
  • Was Watson’s caddie for 12 PGA titles
  • Was Watson’s caddie for 15 years
  • Planned to retire after parting ways with Watson

Where: Caddied for Scottie Scheffler, who won the 2022 Masters

What:

  • “. . . when Scottie Scheffler called to ask the veteran caddie (Ted Scott) to work for him, an answer didn’t come easily.

    Scott was truly torn. He told his family to pray on it for a week. They did, and they told him to take Scheffler’s offer. That still wasn’t convincing enough; Scott told the family to pray for another week. Nobody’s mind was changed.” [1]

  • “Scheffler and Scott came together in November, starting out with a trial period. They started out with a 63 round at Sea Island, which later turned into a good partnership in 2022. Apart from the Phoenix Open, Scheffler and Scott have won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC Match Play.” [2]
  • Teddy’s a real positive influence. We were in a good mood all day. He did a good job helping me stay patient, not overthink things out there,” Scheffler said.” [2]
  • “I can’t speak highly enough of Ted as a person and as a caddie,” Scheffler said. “I respect him so much just as a person. He’s such a fun guy to be around. He’s a man of faith and I love him. I can’t say enough about him. You know, the qualities you look for in a person, Ted embodies pretty much all of them. He’s humble. He’s hard-working. He’s honest. He’s a good time to be around.”[1]
  • “A professional golfer will be incomplete without his caddie. Doing much more than carrying the bag, a caddie can be the voice that helps a player keep a level head. For Scottie Scheffler, who impressed everyone at The Masters – his caddie Ted Scott seems to be an important change in his career.” [2]
  • “One of the biggest reasons Scheffler wanted to work with Scott was because they’re both Christians. Scheffler and Scott first met through a Bible study about a year before they teamed up. Their first tournament together was the RSM Classic in November.” [3]
  • Scott: “People a lot of times think, well, if you become a Christian, God’s just gonna make everything easy for you, and that’s not the case,” he said on the podcast. “But having the God of the universe, the Creator, on your side just makes things a lot easier to deal with. And the principles of the Bible are something that, when you use them, you can see it manifest in your life.” [4]

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Key Illustrative Thoughts:

  • prayer
  • God’s will
  • direction
  • purpose
  • glorifying God
  • “all thy ways acknowledge Him”
  • brothers in Christ
  • friendships
  • fellowship
  • Bible study
  • it’s a game
  • winning / losing
  • testimony
  • witnessing
  • evangelism
  • boldness

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Sermonic Example: 

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. . . . Out of work.  No longer a caddie after 16 years.  Surely the answer is obvious.  I mean he still needs to make a living and provide for his family.  How many of us would have said — of course he should!  How many of us would have just seized that opportunity?

Now listen to how Ted Scott decided to continue to caddie, and to caddie for  Scheffler . . . .

“when Scottie Scheffler called (Ted Scott) to ask the veteran caddie to work for him, an answer didn’t come easily.

Scott was truly torn. He told his family to pray on it for a week. They did, and they told him to take Scheffler’s offer. That still wasn’t convincing enough; Scott told the family to pray for another week. Nobody’s mind was changed.”

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The Bible calls that Proverbs 3:5-6 — because even in making decisions that seem to commonplace, ones that involve work and continuing to work in a field that you have traveled in for 16 years, still involves asking for direction from our Lord. . . . .

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1. https://scores.nbcsports.com/golf/story.asp?tour=euro&i=20220410202708029185108

2. https://www.essentiallysports.com/golf-news-all-you-need-to-know-about-ted-scott-the-experienced-caddie-of-scottie-scheffler/

“Later in a press conference with the media, Scheffler was asked how he balances his desire to compete — which is fierce — without letting it define who he is as a person. Scheffler then opened up about his faith.

3. https://sportsspectrum.com/sport/golf/2022/04/10/scottie-scheffler-masters-blessed-faithful-support/

“The reason why I play golf is I’m trying to glorify God and all that He’s done in my life,” he said. “So for me, my identity isn’t a golf score. Like Meredith told me this morning, ‘If you win this golf tournament today, if you lose this golf tournament by 10 shots, if you never win another golf tournament again,’ she goes, ‘I’m still going to love you, you’re still going to be the same person, Jesus loves you and nothing changes.’ All I’m trying to do is glorify God and that’s why I’m here and that’s why I’m in this position.”

Scheffler continued on to say he felt God’s presence on the course Sunday.

“Meredith always prays for peace because that’s what I want to feel on the golf course, is peace and have fun and just feel His presence. So that’s her prayer every day. That’s my prayer and I really felt that today. I felt at peace,” he said.”

4. https://sportsspectrum.com/sport/golf/2022/04/10/scottie-scheffler-masters-blessed-faithful-support/

5. https://www.christianpost.com/news/scottie-scheffler-reason-i-play-golf-is-im-trying-to-glorify.html

“The reason why I play golf is I’m trying to glorify God and all that He’s done in my life,” he said. “So for me, my identity isn’t a golf score. Like Meredith told me this morning, ‘If you win this golf tournament today, if you lose this golf tournament by 10 shots, if you never win another golf tournament again,’ she goes, ‘I’m still going to love you, you’re still going to be the same person, Jesus loves you and nothing changes.’ All I’m trying to do is glorify God and that’s why I’m here and that’s why I’m in [this] position.”

Scheffler continued on to say he felt God’s presence on the course Sunday.”

Nine Things you might not know about Ted Scotthttps://www.golfdigest.com/story/ted-scott-scottie-scheffler-things-to-know?uuid=b12bf3fbe8fb480bbe3244c1e7db1166

https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/10/scottie-scheffler-masters-caddie/

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