Date: August 27, 2015
Author: Bernie McGuire

Scott nabs new bag man

EDISON, NEW JERSEY: Adam Scott laughed when asked what would happen if he and new caddie Ricci Roberts were to win the FedEx Cup.

Scott has the renowned Roberts on the bag at The Barclays after Ernie Els, for whom Roberts has been the long-time caddie, failed to qualify for the lucrative playoffs.

“I was a little opportunistic on the putting green last Sunday at the Wyndham, and I hadn’t had anyone lined up to caddie for me these next few weeks and it clicked that Ernie is not going to be here,” Scott said.

“So I asked Ernie if he was all right with the arrangement and he said he was fine, so it’s great that Ricci is on the bag with me.

“Ricci was also keen on the notion and it helps that we have known each other for a very long time, and we’ve always have fun together over the years on tour and competing in events like the Presidents Cup.”

In fact, Roberts said he’s known Scott since the Queenslander was 16 years of age.

“I’m looking forward to working with Adam as he’s such a great player and here’s hoping we can do well these few weeks,” Roberts said.

Scott tees up in the $US8.25m Barclays on the Plainfield Country Club course in Edison, New Jersey lying 94th and will need to at least make the halfway to be assured of being among the leading 100 that move on to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship just south of Boston.

Asked of the possible scenario if he and the wily Roberts went all the way to victory in Atlanta, Scott said with a wide grin: “We’ll all be happy.”

Scott is on the lookout for a permanent caddie after he split with Mike Kerr before the US Open in June.

The former world No.1 reunited on a temporary basis with his previous looper Steve Williams for three majors and a WGC event, but the Kiwi was never going to return on a full-time basis.