Scott’s gift to Aussie golf fans

By on November 3, 2013

Adam Scott of Australia.

Adam Scott of Australia. Source: STREETER LECKA / AFP

IT’S been over six months in the making, and now Adam Scott’s Green Jacket roadshow is ready to hit fever pitch as Australia’s first Masters champion returned home just days ago for the Summer of Golf, which begins this week.

His native Gold Coast will be the first to feel the excitement with RACV Pines Resort hosting the Australian PGA Championship starting Thursday. And while Scott is set to receive a heroes welcome, he’s endeared himself even further to fans after knocking back million dollar appearance fees in Asia to ensure the whole country gets to celebrate his historic achievement.

Adam Scott of Australia smiles while wearing his green jacket after winning the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

“Yeah, I could have made lots more money playing in Asia, but I really want to play in Australia.” Scott said. “One of the insights into why I’ve done well recently is because I’ve taken money out of every decision I make. I’m back playing for the love of the game.”

Scott’s passion for his country was there for the whole world to see by his now famous “C’mon Aussie” shout en route to winning at Augusta. But his attitude is set to make the world no. 2 an even bigger star back home, given the lack of success by Australians on the international stage.

He was recently awarded The Don by the Sports Australia Hall of Fame, which is given to the person who most inspires the nation over the last 12 months. However, Scott sees his long awaited homecoming as a “reward” for his breakthrough year in the majors. “I’m really going to enjoy it,” he said. “It’ll be the first time that I don’t have to prove myself.”

Adam Scott, of Australia, celebrates after a birdie putt on the 18th green during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournamen

Adam Scott, of Australia, celebrates after a birdie putt on the 18th green during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament, in Augusta, Ga. In rear is fellow Australian golfer Marc Leishman. Source: AP

There’ll be no tickertape parades or ‘thousand dollar a plate’ functions to celebrate his historic Masters victory; it’s simply not his style. Instead, the laid back Aussie spent his few days off seeing family and friends, and trying to make time to catch a few waves. Then it’s back to work.

“I don’t feel like I’m coming home to a parade, my focus is to win each event.” said Scott, a confirmed starter in all four tournaments this month – the Australian PGA, Masters and Open plus World Cup.

But whether he’s able to capture an unprecedented quadrella this summer won’t spoil the party that is certain to follow him.

There will be many ways to share in his great achievement. On Wednesday, the day after the Race that Stops the Nation, things in South East Queensland will come to a standstill at least, as Scott is presented the Keys to the City by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

Adam Scott of Australia plays a shot from a bunker.

Adam Scott of Australia plays a shot from a bunker. Source: AFP

It’ll also be the first time the public get to see the Green Jacket on Australian soil. On Friday of this week, fans are urged to “wear green” to honour his playoff victory over Angel Cabrera.

But if you miss those occasions, don’t worry because Scott has no qualms showing it off. “I love the reaction people get when they see it [the Jacket].” He added. “I might just put it on after the rounds and sign away, it’d be a fun surprise.”

“I’ll certainly take more time than normal to sign and interact with the fans. Phil Mickelson does it for hours back in America and they love him. I want to make sure I get to share it with as many people as possible.”

There’s little doubt Scott will start as favourite at all four events this summer, but the one he wants the most is the PGA. “It’s a championship that’s high on my list to win, that’s for sure. It’s the only one I haven’t won here.”

Adam Scott of Australia lines up a putt.

Adam Scott of Australia lines up a putt. Source: AFP

When asked if he could go one better than Robert Allenby’s impressive Triple Crown feat of winning the Australian PGA, Masters and Open in 2005, Scott replied, “that’d make for a big month. It’s possible as Rob’s done it. I dare to dream … if I can get my hands on the PGA it could start a run.”

Many of the 33 year-old’s family and friends will be among his massive galleries on the Gold Coast, however, fans will be trying to catch a glimpse of his Swedish girlfriend Marie Kojzar, who’s made the trip Down Under with the Aussie heart-throb.

Considered one of the world’s most eligible bachelor’s, Scott responded to questions back in April, that he’s “not single at all. I’m very much in a relationship and very happy at the moment.”

Adam Scott of Australia hits a tee shot during a practice round at Oak Hill Country Club.

Adam Scott of Australia hits a tee shot during a practice round at Oak Hill Country Club. Source: AFP

After a romance with Tennis star Anna Ivanovic, Scott reconnected with Kojzar, about a year ago. Their break up in 2008, after seven years together was behind his on course slump, but its no surprise to see his game flourishing again now he’s back with his long-time love,

“Everything away from the course has an influence on how I’ve been playing.” Scott admitted. “I’m in a really good place and that’s part of it.”

Its often said, ‘men want to be him and women want to be with him’ but all Scott wants to do is keep winning tournaments and “keep pushing” Tiger Woods for the world no. 1 ranking. If he cleans up over the next month, his boyhood dream could be a reality before Christmas.

After the PGA, the tour heads to Melbourne where he defends the first of the three Jackets he won over the past 12 months – Gold, Green and Pink. The Gold one goes on the line against the likes of Matt Kuchar, Vijay Singh and Brendan De Jonge, in what is shaping as a tremendous Talisker Masters.

Adam Scott of Australia in action during the final round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course on October 16,

Adam Scott of Australia in action during the final round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course on October 16, 2013 in Southampton, Bermuda. Source: Getty Images

Last year’s duel over the weekend at Kingston Heath with Ian Poulter, the then hottest player in golf, was as Scott described “the best golf I’ve been a part of in Australia. It was phenomenal golf around a phenomenal golf course. It gave me a lot of confidence.”

Belief is what separates the best players in the world from the rest and Scott has it in abundance admitting, “On my day, I do feel I’m the best”.

He takes that attitude into the World Cup the following week at Royal Melbourne, where he partners Australia’s other bright star Jason Day. Then he might well be headed back to Sydney to win his fourth consecutive event and second Australian Open. It was his breakthrough in 2009, which helped kickstart his career resurgence.

Now that is one-time boy wonder has matured into the superstar everyone thought he’d become, he’s definitely top dog in Australia’s eyes. However, the exciting thing is, he feels his best is yet to come.

“I’d have to say 2013 was a good year, definitely one to cellar, but I feel ’14 and ’15 could be better. It’s just the start, if I’m to reach my full potential.”

Summer of Golf Schedule:

Nov. 4-10 Australian PGA presented by Coca-Cola at RACV Pines Resort (Gold Coast)

Stars: Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler & Marc Leishman

Nov. 11-17 Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne

Stars: Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Vijay Singh, Brendan DeJonge, Jarrod Lyle, Geoff Ogilvy, Marc Leishman

Nov. 18-24 ISPS Handa World Cup at Royal Melbourne

Stars: Adam Scott, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Matteo Mannasero, Miguel Jiminez

Nov. 25-Dec 1 Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney

Stars: Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, plus past winners Peter Senior, Greg Chalmers, Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden, Robert Allenby & Aaron Baddeley

Where to catch Adam Scott & the Green Jacket

Tuesday – afternoon practise rounds

Wednesday – morning Pro-Am & media conference (midday)

Thursday – Sunday – post rounds, check weekly schedules for tee-times, released Tuesday of tournament week.

*Each Tuesday – Adam will appear at official private Tournament functions held for sponsors.

*Wednesday 6th November – Adam will be presented the “Keys to the City” by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate at 12.30pm at RACV Pines Resort.


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