Suddenly he’s no longer known as one of the best golfers in the world to not win a major and 32 year old Adam Scott’s 9th PGA Tour victory today was finally what he’s been looking for…and he looks quite good in a green jacket, too! The entire country of Australia has also been waiting forever for their first Masters champion having to deal with a few of Greg Norman’s meltdowns at Augusta. But this time Scott made 2 of the clutchest putts in Masters history first to get into a playoff against the gutty Argentinian Angel Cabrera and then to beat him on the 2nd extra hole. And it was a reaction for the ages as Adam realized his entire nation’s dream while doing it during a constant rain.
It was also a good feeling for me having been around Scott during a few of his highest highs and lowest lows in the game. Adam turned pro in 2000 after attending UNLV and 5 years later won his 4th PGA Tour event at the then Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club. Since it was rain-shortened to just 36 holes it did not go into the record book as an official tour win. But it was nice of Adam to give me a live phone interview as he walked off the wet green on that Monday morning on his way to his champion’s newser.
I’ve chatted with Adam a few times since but nothing compares to last year at The Open Championship where he was first the 3rd round leader at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s. The following is our post match interaction on the chances of winning his first major at the time.
Then we all remember Scott’s collapse in the final few holes that allowed his good buddy Ernie Els to take home the Claret Jug instead…and the following shows my difficult task of having to ask the guy who just walked off the 18th green, how it feels to choke away a major?
And finally I got to be the first to ask Els what it’s like to win The Open again while doing it in the face of his friend who let it get away? But first Ernie and I joked a bit about his long odds of winning this one…
And moving on today’s ultimate achievement, here is much of Adam’s post Masters newser which starts out by an introduction from a fellow Aussie and Scott continually gave cudos to many who have contributed to his success…
Congrats to Adam Scott and it’s great he can feel the elation that he’s been waiting forever for…and AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE! 🙂
And let’s not forget to congratulate the long anchoring putter, who completed it’s career grand slam with today’s win by Adam…so will that make the legality of it in the governing body’s eyes a better or worse possibility now? STAY TUNED!