Michelle Tesori, whose husband Paul is the caddy for Webb Simpson, had no trouble finding the lone palm tree at Augusta National this year.
That's because before last year's tournament, Paul challenged Michelle to find Augusta's only palm tree. Her reward? A $10,000 band that would complete her wedding ring.
"He said, ‘Nobody would find that tree without help. You have to promise not to Google it. If you find it, I’ll buy the ring,'" Michelle told Augusta.com this week.
On the Wednesday before last year's tournament, Michelle followed Paul and Webb as Simpson played a practice round with Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler. Upon hearing of Tesori's challenge for his wife, Watson pointed out the palm tree's location to the right of the green on the fourth hole.
Before the tournament had even started, Michelle won her bet with Paul. Luckily for Paul, Watson, Fowler and Simpson promised to pay for the ring if one of them won the tournament. And, as it would happen, Watson walked away with his first green jacket.
Paul bought the ring shortly after the Masters, not expecting Watson to fork over the money (when the jewelry store heard about the bet, they discounted the band to $7,500).
But at the PGA Championship, Watson's wife, Angie, called Paul over and wrote him a check for $7,500.
“Truthfully, the great story here is that Bubba won the Masters, the greatest golf tournament in the world," Michelle told Augusta.com this week, "and with all the amazing things going on in Bubba and Angie’s lives, becoming parents for the first time with the adoption of beautiful Caleb, the media requirements and the instant fame, Bubba remembered a little bet he'd made with a group of friends on Wednesday during the practice round."
There are more than 350 varieties of 80,000 plants at Augusta, but when Michelle came across the single palm tree near the par-3 fourth hole this week, she knew it immediately.
"It gives me chills," she said.
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