Adam Scott Profile
|Born||Jul 16, 1980|
Despite letting the 2012 British Open slip form his grasp, Adam Scott showed his class and mettle by capturing the Masters Green Jacket less than 12 months later.
Adam Scott remains the only Australian to claim the Green Jacket at The Masters and is unbeaten in playoffs on the PGA Tour.
Scott has won 31 professional events including 13 on the PGA Tour, 11 on the European Tour and a single major.
He credits his golfing hero and compatriot Greg Norman with convincing him to cut his teeth on the European Tour before trying to crack the United States.
Scott also has two WGC event wins to his name to go with the Players Championship title he won in 2004.
He has finished in the top five at all four majors and represented the International team at an impressive nine Presidents Cups.
His first professional win came on the Sunshine Tour at the 2001 Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship - an event co-sanctioned by the European Tour.
Scott has a reputation for being one of the game's best ball-strikers, but his weakness has been his short game. His putting has frequently abandoned him at key moments, preventing him from achieving greater success.
Scott as an amateur
As a junior, Scott won titles in both Australia and New Zealand, and fired a course-record 62 at Los Coyotes CC while competing at the US Junior Amateur.
He briefly attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, joining their golf team for the 1999/2000 season before deciding to turn professional.
Despite only being there for a short spell, Scott credits UNLV with helping him mature as a golfer and allowing him to get acquainted with life in the United States.
Midway through the 2000 season, Scott turned professional and his decision was soon vindicated as he earned his European Tour card.
In 2001, Scott achieved his breakthrough win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, beating Justin Rose by a single stroke. He went on to place 13th on the European Tour Order of Merit.
The choice to start in Europe appeared to be paying off for the Australian after he made further strides in 2002, bagging a pair of wins. First, he won the Qatar Masters by six strokes and later shot a final round 63 to win the Scottish PGA Championship by an emphatic 10 shots.
Scott then achieved his first PGA Tour victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2003.
The 2004 campaign saw Scott go on a real tear, winning twice including the prestigious Players Championship title and recording seven top-10 finishes in 16 starts.
For much of his early career, Scott was consistent on the PGA and European Tours, but he struggled to get himself into contention for the majors.
Open collapse and Masters success
Coming into 2011, Scott had had four top-10 finishes in 39 majors. At the Masters that year, he appeared to be in a position to win his first, but an incredible late charge by Charl Schwartzel denied the Australian the honor.
However, he did win his first World Golf Championship later that year, claiming the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by four strokes.
Scott's epic collapse at the 2012 British Open has been compared to compatriot Greg Norman's infamous capitulation at the 1996 Masters. He led by four strokes from Ernie Els with four holes to play, but carded four successive bogeys and wound up losing by a single stroke.
At the 2013 Masters, it seemed another nightmare scenario would play out for Scott as it looked like he had the championship in the bag only to see a late charge from Angel Cabrera force a sudden-death playoff.
However, Scott found the resolve to birdie the second playoff hole and Cabrera could not match him. After all the near-misses for Norman, The Masters had its very first Australian champion.
Another Tour win at the 2013 Barclays allowed Scott to close in on the number one ranking and by May 2014 he would reach the summit, becoming the first Australian to hold the position since Norman 15 years earlier. However, Scott would then endure his longest drought since he claimed his first professional title.
By February 2016, Scott was able to pull himself out of his mini-slump and win his 12th PGA Tour event at the Honda Classic, which was played at PGA National Golf Club. He won the tournament despite carding a quadruple bogey.
That triumph was significant in that it was the first tournament Scott had won since being forced to switch to a short putter by the 2016 long putter ban.
He won his second World Golf Championship at the WGC-Cadillac Championship but would then endure another long PGA Tour win drought.
While Scott claimed victories on other tours, he was unable to come out on top in the United States until he won the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February 2020.
Scott's personal life
Scott was born in Adelaide but grew up largely on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, where he picked up a love of surfing, a pastime in which he still participates to this day. His father Phil was a former club professional and acted as his first coach.
He was involved in a high-profile 'on-again, off-again' relationship with former tennis World No.1 Ana Ivanovic between 2010 and 2011.
Around 2013, Scott reunited with former partner Marie Kojzar and in 2014 he sprung surprise nuptials in the Bahamas. The couple have since welcomed a daughter, Bo Vera Scott, and a son, Byron Scott, into their family.
While Scott owns property on Queensland's Gold Coast, he officially resides in Switzerland for tax purposes.
He still supports childhood favorites the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League.
Scott's net worth
Scott's consistent performances across multiple seasons on professional tours have bagged him an impressive tally of career earnings. His net worth sits at $50million according to the latest estimates.
Scott has not fully disclosed the amounts he has been paid in endorsements, with some suggesting that his net worth may be considerably higher than expected.
His golfing equipment is supplied by partner Titleist while his attire is laid on by Japanese sportswear brand Uniqlo. A lover of luxury watches, Scott also has a longstanding commercial relationship with Rolex.
Scott, whose wife is an architect, has expressed interest in going into property development and the hospitality industry.
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- Aug 19, 2022