Scott texts Bowditch: “You little bloody beauty!”
Adam Scott’s text message to the Steven Bowditch and the PGA Tour’s newest winner was pure Australian – “You little bloody beauty!”
Bowditch revealed the message, among countless dozens the Queensland golfer received following last Sunday’s Valero Texas Open success in San Antonio.
Steve Bowditch with the 2014 Texas Open trophy (Credit: Getty Images)
Special also was a telephone call the 30-year Bowditch received from TPC San Antonio course designer – Greg Norman.
“Greg called me soon after my win but then I was not sure where he was calling from,” said Bowditch.
“He was in another part of the world, and it was just wonderful to hear from him. He sounded thrilled and happy for me, and it was great.
“What he’s done for Australian golf, he’s basically the biggest part of putting it on the map and I grew up with pictures of Greg in my bedroom and dreaming to be like that and I went through all his highs and lows watching TV coverage on the couch when I was a young kid.
“So it was just great to talk to Greg.”
But then top of the text messages was one from Scott who last year became the first Australian in the 79-year history of the Masters to break through and be fitted with the famed green jacket.
And apart from his congratulatory message to Bowditch he asked the Valero Texas Open, and an event Scott captured in 2010, to join John Senden, Oliver Goss and himself in a Tuesday practice round on Augusta National.
“When Scotty texted me that was what he also said along with ‘You bloody little beauty’ was to join him and Sendo and Oliver Goss next Tuesday for a practice round,” he said.
“So I can’t wait for that. Mind you the text was sent yesterday (Monday), so I’m hoping it wasn’t an April’s Fool Day joke (smiling).
“I can’t wait to pick Scotty’s brain and have a good time playing the course. You know, with Stevie (Williams) on the bag, maybe I can at least learn from the comments between the two.”
Bowditch had revealed last Sunday that all knew of Augusta National was from his Play Station but today indicating his lowest round was 28-under par.
He’ll get a first look at the famed ‘Cathedral in the Pines’ next Monday.
“I still haven’t got my mind wrapped around I am playing in the Masters,” he said.
“Growing up as a child, it was about 4am Monday morning when the final round started on TV back in Australia, so I would take my pillow upstairs and watch it with my dad and listen to the Master music and, I think that’s a big part that stands out in my mind is the music they played when they went to a commercial break.
“So I’m really looking forward to making that little turn-around the corner at the first tee and looking forward to that feeling.”
And of the first questions poised to Bowditch when he visited the Shell Houston Open Media Center was his reaction to Tiger Woods withdrawing from the Masters.
“Tiger competing in any tournament creates an unbelievable atmosphere,” he said.
“It’s a pity he won’t be at Augusta and I hope he gets better and gets back out here. What Tiger has done for the game of golf is unbelievable, and to not have him at the greatest player at the Masters is disappointing.”