Now that Tiger Woods is getting into the back-side of his regular PGA Tour career, it stands to reason that Professional golf would be looking for the his successor. Tiger has been the face of golf since his iconic win at the 1997 Masters. The 2000-2001 season solidified that standing in the golf community, and it appears now that the heir apparent may well be Adam Scott.
The world’s number two player put himself into lime-light when he beat Angel Carbara on a rainy afternoon at the the 2013 Masters to finally bring the first ever Green Jacket back to his native Australia. No one in history, not even their beloved Greg Norman was able to deliver the Masters to a nation starved for a hero in the world of professional golf.
All one needed to do to see how popular the 33 year-old Aussie from Adelaide, Australia is, was watch the Emirates Australian Open from Sydney on Sunday. The fairways were line with thousands from the capital of “Down Under” to see the Masters Champ take on the former World’s number one, Rory McIlroy.
With a four-stroke lead over the young Northern Irishman going into the final round Sunday, all he needed was take command, and close him out, to sweep the entire Australian PGA swing. He won the Australian Masters, and Australian PGA as well as the team competition for the World Cup of Golf, but was unable to close the deal on Sunday afternoon.
Rory made up the four shots on the front nine with the help of an eagle three at the par five seventh hole. Scott re-took the lead before the turn, and traded strokes with McIlroy down the stretch until the 18th hole where the former number one made a ten foot birdie putt to ruin the homecoming.
There is no doubt in my mind that Adam Scott is nice enough guy that could very well be the world ambassador for this game, but I think he lacks the killer instinct to carry the sport on his back the way Tiger did for a decade. In my opinion, he doesn’t play exciting enough golf to put people in front of their televisions on Sunday afternoon.
With the exception of the Masters, he has not been able to close out wins down the stretch, which was very apparent during the 2012 Open Championship. He got a playing lesson this past Sunday, and it came from a player who can close out the deal coming down the stretch.
In my opinion, Adam Scott could be the face of golf around the world, but I don’t think he’s ready to replace the likes of Tiger Woods on that stage quite yet. And at age 33, he will need to get it done soon, or he too will be giving up the position to new and hungry players from around the world.
I’m sorry Adam Scott fans, I like the guy, and think he has all of the tools it takes to win at the professional level, and an occasional major. But is he a Super Star? I don’t think so, unless of course, you live in Australia. If so, then he is your guy.
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