Talking Pinehurst…on the 12th green at The Masters

It’s amazing where – and when – Pinehurst comes up in conversation.

“You know, I have the funniest story,” Bubba Watson revealed today on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive in an interview with Tim Rosaforte. “I have to share this story.”

Settle in, y’all. This one is SO GOOD.

After a masterful putt from off the back of the treacherous 12th green during the final round of The Masters on Sunday, Bubba Watson and his caddie Ted Scott had an interesting conversation after Bubba marked his ball 2 feet from the cup.

With a second green jacket still hanging in the balance, Scott didn’t have the slippery par putt on his mind.

No, he was thinking ahead.

Way ahead.

To Pinehurst.

Watson relayed the whole story Morning Drive (go to 9:15 in the video above). After the great play – Bubba took Scott’s advice and chose to try putting the ball rather than risk a bladed chip shot (“I usually go opposite of what he does,” Bubba says.) – Scott couldn’t help himself.

“Pinehurst is coming up, and you’re going to have to putt so much at Pinehurst because of the greens and how they roll off,” Scott told Bubba as the two were still just two shots up with six to play. “You’re the best at putting from the (fringe). Your short game, you’re really good around the greens. You have a great shot at winning that.”

“He was talking about Pinehurst, how I’m going to have putt around the greens, at no. 12, trying to win The Masters.” – Bubba Watson

Pinehurst No. 2, the site of the U.S. Open in 1999 and 2005, will host the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open Championships in consecutive weeks in June. Scott, who was on Olin Browne’s bag at the 2005 Open when Browne made a serious run at the championship, knows a thing or two about Donald Ross’s legendary turtleback greens. Often, players will choose to putt from the closely mown fringe areas, even when the ball settles several feet below the putting surface.

It was a good lesson for Bubba as he begins his preparation for the second major championship of the year. Of course, it may have come a tad early, something even Scott quickly realized.

“But let’s not get carried away,” Scott told Bubba, still on the 12th green, moments after his gushing praise. “Let’s stay in the moment here.”

It was a moment they could laugh about later – at Waffle House.

“That was our moment,” Bubba says. “At Waffle House, we laughed about it forever…He was talking about Pinehurst, how I’m going to have putt around the greens, at no. 12, trying to win The Masters.”