Quid pro quo: Adam Scott promises caddie a start in New Zealand Open
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Quid pro quo: Adam Scott promises caddie a start in New Zealand Open


Adam Scott has Kiwi-born caddie Steve Williams to thank for the playoff read that won him the Masters in a sudden-death playoff back in April.

The lone Aussie to don the green jacket promised to do so by competing in the New Zealand Open. But it won't be this year.

Tournament officials with the island nation's championship said Scott will not be taking part in the tournament this year in Christchurch, according to stuff.co.nz.

"The message we've had from Steven [Williams] and his people is it's a down the track thing," said Dean Murphy, leader of the New Zealand body that organizes the tournament. "It's a two-, three-, four-year down the track thing, not for this year. Unfortunately."

When Williams returned home to New Zealand after Scott won the Masters, he told TV One the one thing he made Scott swear to do when they began working together in 2011.

"When I first started working for Adam, one of the first little things I told him was, if you win a major championship, you have to come play in the NZ Open," said Williams. "And he agreed to it. There's no pressure for him to do that right at this minute, but that is something I did say to him when I first started."

The highest-ranking player in last year's Open field was at No. 350 in the Official World Golf Ranking.


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