Category: Adam Scott


November 25, 2013

In Scott, McIlroy sees something of himself

Posted at 4:27 PM by Josh Sens

Mac_scott_640Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy at the 2013 Players Championship (Getty Images).

One man has been slumping. The other has been surging.

But when Rory McIlroy looks at Adam Scott these days, he sees something of...himself.

For those of you straining to perceive the similarities, let the Northern Irishman explain.

In 2011, still smarting from a final round collapse at the Masters, McIlroy won the U.S. Open. In 2013, with the memory of his 2012 British Open meltdown still in mind, Scott won the Masters.

Major disappointment, followed soon after by major success.

"To win the Masters this year was just a reward for his disappointment in the 2012 Open Championship and I think everyone in the game was delighted for him," McIlroy said of Scott this week, as the two prepared to compete in the Australian Open, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Without doubt the 2012 Open Championship was a huge learning curve for Adam and the experience has made him stronger, which will stand to him for the rest of his career. So in many ways it resembled my disappointment at the 2011 Masters and I've always looked back on that as a big positive in my career."

McIlroy leads Scott in career majors, two to one. But Scott has surged ahead of McIlroy in the world rankings and has shown little sign of let-up since his breakthrough at Augusta. He won the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Masters this fall and can complete Australian golf's Triple Crown with a win this week.

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November 18, 2013

Chris Kirk apologies for saying anchored putters should feel 'guilty'

Posted at 11:29 AM by Josh Sens

Chris-KirkStep away from the iPhone and put the bottle down!

If the modern world of sports has taught us anything, it's that booze and social media make awkward bed fellows.

As the latest example, consider the PGA Tour's Chris Kirk, who apologized Sunday after dispatching a flurry of apparently tipsy tweets.

While watching the Australian Masters on TV this weekend, Kirk, winner of the McGladrey Classic, voiced his distaste for anchored putting, suggesting that players who used the method should feel "guilty."

(The winner of the Australian event was none other than broomstick putter Adam Scott.)

Kirk also said that the USGA had put players in an awkward position by not outlawing anchored putting right away, and he mused, by way of Twitter, "Kuch is my boy, but who did he pay off to make his method legal?" -- referring to Matt Kuchar's armbar putting style.

No sooner had his comments hit the Twittersphere than Kirk seemed to feel, well, guilty. He deleted the Kuchar post, and apologized for being disrespectful to his friends and peers on Tour.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion," he wrote, "but I cross the line. Don't drink and tweet!"

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November 03, 2013

Els to skip Dubai event in protest of Euro Tour rules

Posted at 9:01 PM by Pete Madden
Ernie Els
Credit: Getty Images

 

Ernie Els is upset, and he's passing up a chance at a big payday to make his point.

The 44-year-old South African will skip next week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in protest of new European Tour rules requiring its members to play two out of the three events leading up to the season finale in order to remain eligible for its $8 million prize.

"Why would they make a decision like that and expect guys to play?" asked the four-time major champion and former World No. 1, according to Andrew Both of Reuters. "It's farcical. In my view it's an absolute joke.

I can see (the tour's point of view) but it's crazy. I've been playing both tours since 1994 and it's been no problem but for some reason now the European Tour expect us to play a full schedule.

We used to play seven events and you could keep your card in Europe. Now you have to play more than in America. (That is) the direction they're going in. I just think it's the wrong one.

I'm going to have to look at my schedule. I was there for the growth of this tour, 22 years, and now they've making it almost impossible for me… to remain playing the tour."

In recent years, The European Tour has struggled to retain some of its top non-European talent as elite players without Ryder Cup aspirations leave to seek bigger purses on the wealthier PGA Tour. 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott of Australia gave up his membership several years ago, while Els -- currently 14th in the Race to Dubai standings -- has grown into one of the tour's most respected veterans.

Asked how European Tour officials reacted to the news that he would not play in Dubai, Els said: "I don't think they really care."

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September 29, 2013

Scott: Internationals 'have to win' Prez Cup this year

Posted at 12:39 PM by Pete Madden
Adam Scott
Credit: Fred Vuich / SI

 

It's do or die for the International (non-European) Presidents Cup team at Muirfield Village this year, at least according to its biggest star.

2013 Masters champion Adam Scott said he's "tired of getting killed out there," and without a win, the Internationals risk losing competitive credibility.

"The Internationals need to step up and win the thing and make it a real competition," Scott told Agence France-Presse. "This is a big year for us. It's our time ... I think it's crucial. We have to win this year. The Cup loses any credibility whatsoever if (the Internationals) don't start winning soon."

Though they have struggled at the Ryder Cup in recent years, the U.S. is 7-1-1 in Presidents Cup competition since the tournament's inception; the Internationals' lone win came in 1998 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Scott's home state of Australia.

"There are a few occasions we did really well, but the US team is a lot stronger," said International captain Nick Price of Zimbabwe, who lobbied PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for changes that would neutralize the U.S. team's depth. "The commissioner didn't want to do anything about the changes for this year. We're going to do the best we can with the given points structure ... It's going to be a tough job for us to win the Cup."

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August 28, 2013

Adam Scott proves the 'Tiger Schedule' works

Posted at 10:37 AM by Kevin Cunningham

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At the beginning of his career, Adam Scott was touted as a future star, one who could maybe even challenge Tiger Woods' dominance on the PGA Tour. But for the past decade, Scott languished in mediocrity, winning on occasion, but never living up to the hype.

That is until he decided to take a page from Tiger's book and alter his schedule, according to ESPN.com's Farrell Evans.

In early 2012, Adam Scott announced that he would play a reduced schedule. He was ready for a Tiger Woods-like season, during which he played 15-20 events around the world.

If he was ever going to get to the level of Woods or Rory McIlroy and win majors, he said, he couldn't go "running off playing every week chasing world ranking points or whatever you're playing for."

...Was Scott ready for a schedule like Tiger's? Most players need full schedules of 20-25 events to stay sharp and qualify for the majors and the WGC events.

Scott felt his time to win and make history was passing quickly, and he was ready to make the changes necessary to chase greatness:

"The last couple of years my focus shifted a bit, and I changed my schedule and played a lot less tournaments, so I think I've got less opportunity to win and focused on the bigger tournaments, which are not easy to win; not that any others are," he said.

"I'm developing my game into being more consistent, performing in the big ones, and now trying to adapt that to be a winner on a more frequent basis is what I'm working toward."

Well, the Tiger-inspired plan seems to have worked, as Scott has become a regular contender in the big events, captured his first major title in April at Augusta, and now has a realistic chance at stealing Player of the Year honors from Woods himself.

(Photo: Carlos M. Saavedra / Sports Illustrated)

August 21, 2013

Justin Rose and Adam Scott throw themselves a major party

Posted at 10:59 AM by Josh Sens

P1-Adam-ScottFor their triumphs at the Masters and the U.S. Open, Adam Scott and Justin Rose pocketed $1.44 million each. Now we know where some of that money went: toward a joint-celebration bash.

That party took place on Saturday at the private Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, where Rose and Scott are members, according to Brian Wacker at PGATour.com. Apparently, the shindig had been in the planning stages for quite some time. Seems when Scott and Rose were in their early 20s, they made a wager that doubled as a pact: whoever won a major first would pour half of the prize-money into a victory bash. Given that their major wins came so close together -- back-to-back, in fact, in 2013 -- Scott and Rose appear to have tweaked the terms.

“When we made that bet, the check wasn’t quite as big,” Scott said. “But I think he’s on the hook for it, too, and I guess I’m on the hook for it.”

Or maybe not.

“The bet that was a young, childish bet made when we were about 21 years old. I think Scotty should be on the hook for it,” Rose said.

Details on the party have not been made available. No word on the attendees, the price tag, or who paid the bill. You can bet on this, though: either man could afford it, and still have money left for a private jet ride home.

(Photo: Carlos M. Saavedra / Sports Illustrated)

June 10, 2013

Adam Scott: I'm 'third wheel' in Tiger-Rory pairing

Posted at 5:03 PM by Mike Walker

Adam_300Adam Scott is the 2013 Masters champ, but he won't even get second-banana status during the first and second round of this week's U.S. Open, when Scott, the No. 3-ranked player in the world plays with No. 1 Tiger Woods and No. 2 Rory McIlroy.

"I'm probably the third wheel this week as well," Scott said at Merion on Monday. "That's why I'm No. 3 in the world, otherwise I wouldn't be the third wheel.

The hype surrounding this power trio shouldn't bother Scott, however. He was part of an even more-hyped group at the 2008 U.S. Open when he played with Woods and Phil Mickelson.

"Remembering back to Torrey Pines, the hype was enormous around that pairing. Obviously with Tiger and Phil, it was so much to talk about with it being Phil's hometown and Tiger dominating at Torrey for years," Scott said. "And it was a great pairing. It was an experience that I'll never forget. I've never seen that many people on a Thursday morning on the first tee. It was a great atmosphere. I think they've done it a fair few times since, but that was certainly a big pairing."

The Scott-Woods-McIlroy group tees off at 1:14 p.m. on Thursday.

Here are some other highlights from Scott's press conference:

On his early scouting trips to Merion:

"It turns out that coming up a few weeks ago was really quite valuable for me. I've had three full rounds and that's taken my time trying to figure everything out. I think I've got a pretty good idea where I'm going to try to go. Obviously with it being a little soft it becomes a little more simple than what it was. The ball is just going to stop where it lands. So if you're accurate you'll be fine."

On playing in his first major since winning the Masters:

"I can't lie to you, I do feel a lot better coming here, even discussing that kind of thing. It's a good feeling to come here to know that I've achieved that. I've got my first Major. And my sights are definitely set on trying to win more. But it is a nice feeling. I'm looking forward to seeing how I feel playing for the first time in a Major after having won, to see if there's less pressure or if up I'm going to put more pressure on myself, I don't really know."

On playing with Tiger:

"His form is pretty good. He's won four times this year, so he's all right. I'm not too worried about his form.

Yeah, it will be a fun week, absolutely, some energy and electricity, playing with him at any time there always is. And given the hype around this grouping and being a major there's going to be it's going to be an intense couple of days.

But essentially that's what we're playing for. That's a pairing you'd hope for on Sunday, also, because if you don't enjoy that kind of stuff it's going to be tough for you to have success out here because at some point if you're playing well and winning a tournament you're going to have to try and beat him. And that's what you want to be out here for. That's why you spend the hours and test yourself. And I'm looking forward to that Thursday, Friday."

Photo: Adam Scott talks to the media at Merion on Monday morning (AP).

June 07, 2013

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott paired for opening rounds of 2013 U.S. Open

Posted at 12:41 PM by Coleman McDowell

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The U.S. Open always provides interesting pairings for their opening rounds. This year is no exception.

The USGA announced via Twitter that the world's top-three players will be paired for the first and second round of the Open. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott will tee off together at 1:14 p.m. Thursday afternoon and again the following morning at 7:44 a.m.

As usual, Tiger's group is the focus. Last year, Tiger was paired with Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson to kick off the 2012 Open. Woods finished the first round tied for second after shooting a 1-under 69. Mickelson fired an opening round 76, and Bubba shot a 78 en route to missing the cut. The USGA had some fun last year, pairing Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III together as well grouping K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang, K.T. Kim for the first two rounds.

Woods was also paired with Scott and Mickelson in 2008 at Torrey Pines. At that time, Woods still had former caddie Steve Williams on the bag. Five years later, Williams will be handing clubs to his new client, Adam Scott.

Rory's excited about the possibilities.

Here's the full list of tee times and pairings, released Friday afternoon by the USGA:

(All times Eastern)

1. 1        6:45 a.m.     KRESGE, C.;  TAMBELLINI, R.;  TBD
2. 11      7:00 a.m.     WATSON, B.;  JOHNSON, D.;  COLSAERTS, N.
3. 1        6:56 a.m.     TBD;  UEDA, Y.;  PARRY, J.
4. 11      7:11 a.m.     MICKELSON, P.;  STRICKER, S.;  BRADLEY, K.
5. 1        7:07 a.m.     WATNEY, N.;  HANSON, P.;  MAHAN, H.
6. 11      7:22 a.m.     KUCHAR, M.;  ROSE, J.;  SNEDEKER, B.
7. 1        7:18 a.m.     GLOVER, L.;  CASEY, P.;  HAAS, B.
8. 11      7:33 a.m.     OOSTHUIZEN, L.;  SCHWARTZEL, C.;  CLARK, T.
9. 1        7:29 a.m.     BADDELEY, A.;  SABBATINI, R.;  LINGMERTH, D.
10. 11    7:44 a.m.     GARCIA, S.;  CINK, S.;  HARRINGTON, P.
11. 1      7:40 a.m.     COETZEE, G.;  LAIRD, M.;  SIEM, M.
12. 11    7:55 a.m.     POULTER, I.;  DUFNER, J.;  WEEKLEY, B.
13. 1      7:51 a.m.     KELLY, J.;  HOFFMAN, C.;  HUH, J.
14. 11    8:06 a.m.     FOWLER, R.;  MANASSERO, M.;  DAY, J.
15. 1      8:02 a.m.     STENSON, H.;  MOORE, R.;  GARRIGUS, R.
16. 11    8:17 a.m.     YANG, Y.;  JACOBSON, F.;  FUJITA, H.
17. 1      8:13 a.m.     TBD;  KHAN, S.;  POTTER JR., T.
18. 11    8:28 a.m.     STALLINGS, S.;  PETERSON, J.;  KARLSSON, R.
19. 1      8:24 a.m.     STEFANI, S.;  KIM, M. (a);  THOMPSON, N.
20. 11    8:39 a.m.     BLAKE, J.;  JOBE, B.;  CAMPBELL, M.
21. 1      8:35 a.m.     DOAK, C.;  SVOBODA, A.;  LABELLE II, G.
22. 11    8:50 a.m.     HEARN, D.;  TBD;  VAN ZYL, J.
23. 1      8:46 a.m.     SUTHERLAND, K.;  WEIBRING, M.;  HUTCHISON, R.
24. 11    9:01 a.m.     PHELAN, K. (a);  COLLINS, W.;  TBD
25. 1      8:57 a.m.     MCELYEA, C. (a);  NELSON, R.;  HAHN, J.
26. 11    9:12 a.m.     PAN, C. (a);  HUGHES, M.;  SISK, G.
27. 1      12:30 p.m.    TOMS, D.;  CLARKE, D.;  OLAZABAL, J.
28. 11    12:45 p.m.    HICKS, J.;  HOWELL, D.;  STUARD, B.
29. 1      12:41 p.m.    OGILVY, G.;  CABRERA, A.;  LAWRIE, P.
30. 11    12:56 p.m.    STEELE, B.;  GOYA, E.;  HEDBLOM, P.
31. 1      12:52 p.m.    DONALD, L.;  WESTWOOD, L.;  KAYMER, M.
32. 11    1:07 p.m.     LEISHMAN, M.;  SENDEN, J.;  FRASER, M.
33. 1      1:03 p.m.     FURYK, J.;  MCDOWELL, G.;  JOHNSON, Z.
34. 11    1:18 p.m.     LANGLEY, S.;  WILLIAMS, C. (a);  HOFFMANN, M.
35.  1     1:14 p.m.     WOODS, T.;  MCILROY, R.;  SCOTT, A.
36. 11    1:29 p.m.     THOMPSON, M.;  WEAVER, M. (a);  WITTENBERG, C.
37. 1      1:25 p.m.     JAIDEE, T.;  FDEZ-CASTANO, G.;  OLESEN, T.
38. 11    1:40 p.m.     CHOI, K.;  MOLINARI, F.;  PETTERSSON, C.
39. 1      1:36 p.m.     SIMPSON, W.;  FOX, S. (a);  ELS, E.
40. 11    1:51 p.m.     PIERCY, S.;  CHAPPELL, K.;  DONALDSON, J.
41. 1      1:47 p.m.     TBD;  OGILVIE, J.;  GUTHRIE, L.
42. 11    2:02 p.m.     VAN PELT, B.;  STREELMAN, K.;  POINTS, D.
43. 1      1:58 p.m.     TEATER, J.;  TSUKADA, Y.;  PEPPERELL, E.
44. 11    2:13 p.m.     GRACE, B.;  BAE, S.;  HENLEY, R.
45. 1      2:09 p.m.     LOAR, E.;  MADSEN, M.;  HWANG, J.
46. 11    2:24 p.m.     MATSUYAMA, H.;  HORSCHEL, B.;  SPIETH, J.
47. 1      2:20 p.m.     HOMA, M. (a);  KNOX, R.;  BETTENCOURT, M.
48. 11    2:35 p.m.     GOGGIN, M.;  ALKER, S.;  PRESNELL, A.
49. 1      2:31 p.m.     HADWIN, A.;  NIEPORTE, J.;  HERMAN, J.
50. 11    2:46 p.m.     HARMON, M.;  HALL, G. (a);  KIM, B.
51. 1      2:42 p.m.     BROWN, B.;  MURRAY, G. (a);  SMITH, J.
52. 11    2:57 p.m.     FISCHER, Z.;  SULLIVAN, R.;  CRICK, B.

(Photo: Getty)

April 17, 2013

Masters winner Adam Scott shares golf tips

Posted at 3:13 PM by Mark Dee

Scott1000You probably can't swing like Adam Scott, and no, a few tips won't change that. But lately, we're learning that anything a man can do to be more like this year's Masters champ, will probably improve their game.

With that in mind, we point your attention to Men's Journal, where before the tournament Scott explained six tips for playing better golf. New or not, it's always worth taking advice from a guy in green.

Follow the link for the full slide show.

(Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images)

Adam Scott to take green-jacket joyride in Australia?

Posted at 3:08 PM by Mark Dee

Scott-fvSince the last putt Sunday, the rest of the world is catching up on what golf fans already knew: Adam Scott is good, and being Adam Scott is even better.

Exhibit A: This article by Andrew Pentis in Men's Journal, which describes the life Scott leads Down Under. Looks like the Masters champ already has a joy ride planned up Australia's aptly-named Gold Coast. Don't worry, as a spokesman for Mercedes, he has his pick of rides to take along:

The only downside of the trip for Scott is that the M1 Pacific Motorway has speed cameras that, true to national custom, strictly enforce speed limits of 100-110 km/h (or 62-68 mph).

"The speed I would like to go," Scott says, "and the speed we are allowed to go are two very different things."

The now third-ranked golfer in the world – and the only player from Down Under in the top 35 – was born in Adelaide and won the Australian Masters' gold jacket last November. Now that he's got the green jacket as well, he's got the perfect wardrobe for his jaunts. He could admire the cut of a lapel in the rearview while cranking Kings of Leon and the like from an iPod plugged into the GL450 Mercedes-Benz SUV he uses to accomodate the surfboards and clubs he can't fit into the SLS AMG Roadster he upgraded to from Mercedes SL550 after signing on as a spokesperson for the German automaker.

That's quite the fleet, but it may not be enough. If Twitter is any indication, we doubt Mercedes can't make enough Benzes to transport all of Scott's female fans up the coast with him. You can read the rest of the story here, at MensJournal.com.

(Photo: Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated)





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