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Scottie Scheffler Vows To Withdraw From The Masters If His Wife Goes Into Labor

Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns do a lot together. They're good pals. Their wives are, too. The Schefflers and the Burnses frequently rent a house together on the road. They eat dinner and study bible together. And their first children are set to arrive at basically the same time. 

Scheffler's wife Meredith and Burns' wife Caroline are both due in just over a week. But, with childbirth being a famously inexact science, there's obviously the chance one or both children come early. And Golf Channel's reporting that both players said they'll withdraw from the tournament without hesitation if their wives go into labor. 

It's not a totally unprecedented situation. At the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, Phil Mickelson was right up there by the lead while his wife Amy was expecting their first. He had a chartered jet ready in waiting should he get that call. It'll be the same situation this week, I'm sure, given Scheffler's already 11th in career earnings on the PGA Tour at $54 million, not including off-course endorsements and FedEx Cup payouts.


As for this week, the world No. 1 Scheffler and Burns are staying in a house together without the wives, who are resting back home. So let's envision a scenario in which both players are leading and they get the call. Scheffler's already won the Masters and, given his form these past 18 months, it's a virtual certainty he'll have many more chances to win majors. Burns, 27 is ranked 22nd in the world and his best finish in 20 major championship starts is a T20. He's up by two shots on Sunday morning and he gets the call. Man, that's tough to walk away from. But family first...I guess?