2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Player Profile: Adam Scott


Adam Scott Profile

PLAYER INFORMATION
Age: 33
Hometown: Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Birthdate: July 16, 1980
College: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Turned Professional: 2000

 

PGA GRAND SLAM OF GOLF EXPERIENCE
Years Played: First appearance
Best Finish: First appearance
Money Won: First appearance

 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER
Total Victories: 21
PGA Tour Victories: 10 (2003 Deutsche Bank Championship. 2004 THE PLAYERS Championship, Booz Allen Classic. 2006 THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. 2007 Shell Houston Open. 2008 EDS Byron Nelson Championship. 2010 Valero Texas Open. 2011 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. 2013 Masters Tournament, The Barclays.)
International Victories: 11 (2001 Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship [SAf]. 2002 Qatar Masters [Eur], Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship [Eur]. 2003 Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters [Eur]. 2005 Singapore Open [Asia], Johnnie Walker Classic [Eur]. 2006 Singapore Open [Asia]. 2008 Commercialbank Qatar Masters [Eur]. 2009 Australian Open [Aus]. 2010 Barclays Singapore Open [Asia]. 2012 Talisker Masters [Aus].)
Major Victories: 1 (2013 Masters)

 

PLAYER NOTES
Adam Scott was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and moved with his family at the age of 9 to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. They settled on the Gold Coast, Queensland in 1993. Initially at The Southport School, an Anglican boys' school on the Gold Coast, Scott completed his high school education at The Kooralbyn International School, also on the Gold Coast, where he undertook extra subjects in golf. He was a member of the Golf Australia National Squad. He later attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Scott turned professional midway through the 2000 season after some impressive performances early in the year on the European Tour. He earned his card for the 2001 European Tour season in just eight starts as a professional, his best result being a tie for sixth at the Linde German Masters. Scott also made a handful of appearances on the PGA Tour but made only one cut in six events.

Scott's playing career took off in 2001, his first full year as a professional golfer, when he won the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa, for his very first professional title. This event was Scott's first start of the year and was co-sanctioned by the European and Sunshine Tours. He beat Justin Rose to the title by one stroke. Scott had three other top-3 finishes throughout the season and went on to finish 13th in the Order of Merit in his first season.

The following year in 2002, Scott enjoyed a very successful season, with two emphatic victories on the European Tour and a final position of seventh on the Order of Merit. His first win of the year was a six-shot victory at the Qatar Masters. Later in the year, Scott obliterated the field in the Scottish PGA Championship, shooting a final round of 63 to win by ten shots. This is still the biggest ever margin of victory he has achieved in his career. In between these victories, Scott made his debut at the Masters Tournament, where he finished a very respectable tied 9th.

At the 2013 Masters Tournament, Scott emerged from the chasing pack on the final day to enter into a tie for the lead heading into the 72nd hole. Scott proceeded to birdie the 18th from a considerable distance, prompting wild celebrations as he looked to have won the title. However, former champion Ángel Cabrera produced an excellent approach and subsequently also birdied the 72nd hole to tie Scott for the lead at -9, leading to a sudden-death playoff. Both players parred the first hole, the par-4 18th, with Cabrera inches away from birdie. On the second hole, the par-4 10th, Cabrera once again missed his birdie putt by inches, leaving Scott a 12-foot birdie putt for the championship, which Scott holed. It was Scott's first major championship and marked the first time an Australian has won the Masters. It was also seen by many as redemption for his failure to win the previous year's Open Championship, where he lost a four-shot lead with four holes to play. His Masters victory moved him to No. 3 in the world golf ranking, equalling his career high ranking.

Scott had a disappointing 2013 U.S. Open, finishing in a tie for 45th place. He rebounded with another strong showing at the Open Championship, taking a one-stroke lead heading into the back nine on the final day before eventually finishing in a tie for third. In the final major of 2013, the PGA Championship, Scott finished in a tie for fifth.