Scott sneaks into Australia

By on November 1, 2013

Adam Scott was spotted playing a practice round at Royal Pines ahead of next week's Australian PGA tournament

Adam Scott was spotted playing a practice round at Royal Pines ahead of next week’s Australian PGA tournament Source: Scott Fletcher / News Limited

ADAM Scott is a $ 45 million a year industry yet it was playing for a humble $ 10 Lotto ticket on the Gold Coast yesterday that showed the Masters champion’s pure love for golf.

A workman at Royal Pines shouted “g’day” and there were double-takes aplenty by fellow golfers as the world No. 2 materialised unexpectedly for a low-key round at the scene of the Australian PGA starting on Thursday.

Scott partnered father Phil, himself a PGA professional, in a laugh-filled 18-hole reconnaissance that came with a serious side – duelling with Scott’s old schoolboy buddies Aaron Nye, the former Queensland cricketer, and Adam King.

“Dad and I cleaned them up. Aaron and Adam are both pretty good golfers but as their careers grow, their golf gets worse,” Scott said with a grin.

“Hopefully I keep getting better and the gap widens. I’ve won a $ 10 Lotto ticket but they are trying to get out of this with the cheapest QuickPick they can find.”

Good humoured and grounded as ever, Scott’s popularity is not just because of the green jacket he won but the grace to his all-on-the-line success at Augusta when he became Australia’s first Masters champion in April.

“The green jacket is with me. It’s been hung in a lot of hotel closets this year because one of the cool things is taking it everywhere with you and being able to show it off, which I plan to do in Australia,” Scott said.

“I was overwhelmed by the support from Australia with the Masters so I’ve been looking forward to sharing it.”

He is sure to be wearing it when Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate presents Scott with the key to the city just after midday on Wednesday by the 18th hole on pro-am day.

Scott’s 12.30pm slot yesterday was unannounced, so the magnetic personality who galvanised millions of sports loving Aussies with his Masters triumph was able to tee off at the 10th with an audience of three.

Tournament organisers are excited that record crowds will flock from Thursday to Royal Pines, a layout ripe for a seven-under par 64 from Scott or a similar birdie barrage from American drawcards Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler.

“I had maybe five or six birdies out there but the greens are tricky to read so that’s where a player is maybe going to separate himself from the field,” Scott said.

The Queenslander flew in secretly on Tuesday to maximise his time out of the spotlight as Adam Scott – brother, uncle, son and friend, rather than sought-after superstar. It was BRW’s Young Rich list which recently pegged the Scott juggernaut on and off course at $ 45 million for 2013.

A cold recently picked up in Europe has prevented him yet indulging in his head-clearing passion for surfing but he has fallen for the new babe in his life at Sanctuary Cove, where he and his family live.

She is his niece Olivia, the two-month-old daughter of sister Casie and brother-in-law coach Brad.

“She’s the sweetest little thing – so well behaved. I didn’t make her cry, which is a good thing,” Scott said.

Scott ripped a driver and seven iron downwind to four metres on the 460m par four ninth, the hole with the greatest teeth at Royal Pines, so if he gets his Mercedes-smooth game humming – look out.

Scott’s commitment to Australian golf this summer should be applauded. He is playing four weeks in a row.

After Royal Pines he will play the Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne, pair with Jason Day in Australia’s hotly fancied team for the World Cup at the same venue and play the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney. | Golf

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