Just How Good is Adam Scott?

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by Olin Browne

5th Hole Correspondent, White Cover Magazine

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At first glance, Adam Scott’s ascension to the top of the Augusta-based heap seems perfectly in line with every other young — or youthful — golfer. Of course, Scott looks a lot younger than he is, which is 32.

In reality, his golf game and his career trajectory to this point are just as deceiving.

He went from finish T-2 at the 2011 Masters to a stand-alone 2nd at the 2012 British Open — a tournament which saw him bogey the final four holes to lose the lead he held since Day 1 — and then to Sunday’s victory.

Scott, though, he flirted with on-the-course stardom for years. This was his 48th Major. He’s in his prime now, but it’s only come after years of struggling and waffling. He broke into the Tour on a roll, then he dipped, and now he’s back.

“Adam Scott is a gene pool lottery winner, could do an instructional video on cool and lives in Switzerland for tax reasons,” wrote ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski on Monday. “Plus, he’s one of the 10 nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

“Everybody — women, corporations, his native Australia — loves him. And now, at long last, so does a major.

“For years the experts had predicted multiple major victories for him. He had everything: the demeanor, the swing, the Swiss chalet.

“And the Norman-like heartbreak.”

Of course, it’s a good thing Scott emerged victorious from Augusta.

He left a lot more on the course than either Angel Cabrera or Jason Day, and how frustrating would it have been for Scott — who really hadn’t made much of any putt until the 18th green — to know that he finished second or third (yet again) when he could have won by four or five strokes.

Still, a one-bogey final round to win the golfing world’s most prized trophy?

That’s a hell of a performance, and Scott will be looked to to repeat it.