Adam Scott just won the biggest golf tournament of his career at the 2013 Masters. While this was his first major title, this will not be his last.
Since the beginning of 2009, there have been 17 major championships with 16 different winners. Only Rory McIlroy was able to repeat by winning the 2012 PGA Championship after winning the 2011 U.S. Open.
This signifies how tough it is to win one of these titles, as well as how fluky a win could be. Of the 13 first-time winners over this period, a significant portion will never reach that level of success again.
However, Scott has already separated himself from many of these names due to his consistency.
The Australian golfer was no stranger to the Masters leaderboard coming into the week. He already had two top-10 showings in a row, including in 2011 when he tied for second place after being in contention late.
Overall, the 32-year-old player had eight top 10s in majors prior to his win on Sunday. He had a chance to win the 2012 Open Championship, but collapsed down the stretch and lost to Ernie Els by one stroke.
If he was unable to hold on in the Masters playoff against Angel Cabrera, Scott might have kept the narrative of someone who was always close, but can never win. That is no longer the case.
With the win, he will now have the confidence necessary to close out wins when he is near the top of the leaderboard. Based on his play, he will be there quite often.
Scott is one of the best ball-strikers on tour. He almost always hits it well off the tee and accurate enough to reach greens in regulation with consistency. Although his putting had held him back in the past, he is starting to overcome his weakness and turn it into a strength.
The belly putter might be funny to look at, but it has been effective for the golfer in recent months. In 2013, he has gained .09 strokes on the field with his putting, which is a big improvement over losing .204 strokes in 2012.
It is not just majors where Scott steps up his game. He has only missed one cut in his last 21 tournaments, and he already has three Top 10 finishes this season. With the Masters win, he has moved up to No. 3 in the world rankings.
None of this implies that his latest win was simply a one-time thing. He always had the ability, but now he has the confidence of knowing that he can accomplish great things.
Scott will stay among the top five in the world for a long time and he is certain to win more major championships before his career is over.
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