August 20 2013
Scott and Rose each won their first career major earlier this year. (Cannon/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- When Adam Scott and Justin Rose were in their early 20s, they made a bet that whoever won a major first that half the winner's check would go to the victory party.
There's no word on what the total tally was at ultra-private Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas where both are members -- or who picked up the bill -- but PGATOUR.COM has learned the two spent Saturday night there celebrating each other's first career major championship.
"When we made that bet, the check wasn't quite as big," joked Scott in a recent interview with PGATOUR.COM. "But I think he's on the hook for it, too, and I guess I'm on the hook for it."
Scott, born two weeks earlier than Rose in the summer of 1980, has been close to the Englishman throughout his career with their two paths largely mirroring one another's.
In April, Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters. Two months later, with the inspiration of a series of text messages from Scott that it was his time to win one, Rose followed suit by capturing the U.S. Open at Merion.
"It was basically now or never," Rose said of the context of their exchange. "I think that’s what he figured out, and he thought my game was ready.
"The bet that was a young, childish bet we made when we were about 21 years old. I think Scotty should be on the hook for that."
Neither player was at Liberty National on Tuesday, but both are in the field for this week's Barclays, the start of the FedExCup Playoffs.