Adam Scott: Is It His Time?
Golfer Adam Scott has just about everything: he has earned over $18 million, has won 14 events around the world, has free time to go skiing and golfing in places we can only dream about and has a swing molded by Butch Harmon that every player on tour admires. Oh yeah, he also is handsome enough to get about any woman in the world after all, chicks do love the Aussie accent.
There is just one thing Scott does not have: a Major Championship.
With Tiger Woods on the shelf, many expected an Aussie superstar to compete at the 2008 British Open.
They just never expected that golfer to be 53-year-old, Greg Norman.
When Scott claimed the 2004 Players' Championship many expected it to be his breakthrough victory.
By winning what many call the "fifth" Major, it will only be a matter of time, before Scott takes the mantle of the top twenty-something in golf to separate himself from the Justin Rose's, Sergio Garcia's and Luke Donald's of the world.
Scott has had three top 10 in Majors since that Players' crown, but none since 2006 and still no Major to his name.
His closest call has come in 2006 in the PGA Championship at Merion where he finished in a three-way tie for third.
Scott's final round score of 67 was just one shot shy of the round of the day posted by Chad Campbell.
Still, Scott enters Oakland Hills this week with a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of "Glory's Last Shot" in the 2008 PGA Championship.
Call it a hunch. Call it lunacy.
However, something tells me that this time will be the time for Adam Scott to add the title of Major Champion to his increasing list of feats.
Since winning the Byron Nelson Championship earlier this year, Scott has only had one top 10 and one round of heart-break.
Right before the Open Championship, Scott was making a run on the final day of the Barclay's before his putter let him down.
Scott, who had been three under through eight holes and just off the lead before he made two straight double bogeys.
Scott's missed putts on nine derailed a great round and probably did not put him in the best mindset heading into a Major, but he still shot well his first two days in the Open at Birkdale.
His ball-striking kept him in play and allowed him to maneuver the ball in the tough conditions.
It was his putter, once again, which led to his fall from grace on the weekend.
We all know that Scott, like his contemporary Sergio Garcia, are just one solid putting performance from greatness.
Scott is seventh on the tour in birdies but 70th in putting. He averages 29.61 putts per round which is 158th on tour.
Garcia, by comparison, is ranked 191st in this category.
So, is Scott going to magically learn how to putt this weekend?
I think the stats show Scott's putting woes are far more mental than it is physical.
Case and point: from 10 to 20 feet outside of the hole Scott is ranked in the top 20.
However, from inside ten feet, Scott is far less than impressive.
Scott has just made half of his putts from 5 to 10 feet. A trend that will not help you win a Major any time this decade.
Despite finishing 56th in the latest WGC event, Scott recovered from Friday's 76 playing two under for the weekend at the tough Bridgestone Golf Course.
More importantly, he has gone 55 straight holes without a three-putt.
What do you think Phil Mickelson would give for that right about now?
With Mickelson's collapse, Kenny Perry's first major since he skipped the last two, Vijay Singh's victory last week and Ian Poulter's pants, Scott will probably be a forgotten man coming into Thursday.
He just cares about being the one remembered on Sunday.
Golf is such a mental game that making clutch putts come with experience.
Scott has been playing in Majors since 2000 and at age 28 has more experience than many players in the field this weekend.
There is a first time for everything and I think Scott is comfortable enough with himself and the situation that he will exorcise some demons and be the first twenty-something to get the monkey off his back.
After all, he has everything else.
Who do you think will win the PGA Championship?
Will it be someone famous or an unknown?
Which of the twenty-somethings will win a Major first?
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