Patrick Swayze said on “Dirty Dancing” “no one puts a Baby in the corner,” but Scottie Scheffler joked that he plans to do it for Bubba Watson at this year’s Masters Champions dinner.
Last month, it was confirmed that LIV Golf breakaways will be allowed to play in the Augusta National, provided they meet the eligibility criteria, as the civil war between the Saudi-backed breakaway series and the PGA Tour continues.
Two-time champion Watson is among the winners of the past like Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed and Charl Schwartzel, while Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau can do so thanks to success in other major tournaments.
Jon Rahm shrewdly noted this week that “Champions Champions Dinner is going to be a little tense compared to the past” as players from the struggling tours gather in the same room.
Scheffler, aiming to regain world number one status in Hawaii at this week’s Tour of Champions, helped defuse the seething tension with a cheeky comment about Watson during a chance encounter while on vacation.
“Yeah, I haven’t seen a lot of LIV guys. I saw Bubba on holiday this year and told him I’d just have a separate table for him in the corner. I’m just kidding, of course!” the defending Masters champion joked.
“I just walked into this restaurant and he and Angie [Watson’s wife] they were sitting there and I was like, “Hey man, what’s up.”
Scheffler wondered about the strange happenings in golf.
His locker at Hualalai Golf Club this week is next to defending champion Smith, who is ineligible after defecting to LIV.
Scheffler, however, remains confident that the wounds will heal.
“In the world of golf, it’s definitely a bit sad what’s going on. It’s a little weird this week. I get to my locker and my locker is next to Cam Smith’s because he’s a former champion here and he’s not here,” he added.
“So it’s a bit strange, but golf will continue to grow. I think it takes time. Everything will heal and we’ll see what happens.
“All these things are not really for me. All I can do is show up and just try to play golf well, and I’m not going to go to LIV anytime soon, so that’s not a problem for me at the moment.”
When asked about the mood in the hall at the champions dinner, Scheffler said: “Because Augusta National is such a special place, with the history of the game and stuff, I think we can put all our stuff aside and just get together for a fun meal. , all together in a room and we’re just celebrating golf and the Augusta National and just hanging out.”