Monday Finish: Being Scott is as good as it gets
May 26, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Adam Scott, the world's No. 1-ranked player, defeated Jason Dufner in a playoff at Colonial. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
My memory isn’t great, but I think there’s a famous Oscar Wilde line that says something to the effect of how you should “be yourself” because “Adam Scott is already taken.”
Unless there is a decaying, Dorian Gray-like painting sitting in Scott’s attic (which is really the only explanation for his unfairly enjoyable life at this point), I don’t even think Wilde could find many downsides to living the life of our current World No. 1.
Of course, he keeps fans and media at arm’s length and maintains an ultra-private lifestyle, but here’s what we do know:
His golf swing looks like this.
His biceps are almost too big to fit in a Green Jacket (almost).
His wife, whom he married at a secret wedding in the Bahamas a few weeks ago, is a gorgeous architect.
He plays the guitar. He goes on surfing trips with Kelly Slater. Perhaps most puzzling is the fact that he’s just as genuinely nice in person as you always hope superstars will be.
In other words, being Adam Scott right now is just as good as it seems.
For nearly 15 years, Scott’s life has been full of the distractions that make themselves readily available to young stars. But he’s not only survived, he’s come out as the balanced, experienced player (and person) that other players try to emulate.
The proof of his few mistakes is there; just read his quotes about the complacency that came with winning THE PLAYERS at age 23. Since then, he’s dealt with very public and private heartbreak, a split from instructor Butch Harmon, a stretch in 2008 when he slipped all the way to No. 76 in the world, a four-bogeys-in-a-row The Open Championship meltdown, an anchoring ban witch hunt, an overly quotable caddie and anything else that Scott kept to himself.
But is any of that what you saw Sunday at Colonial? Not a chance. Scott seemed entirely comfortable with the moment and his new job title, World No. 1.
On his opening nine holes this week (4-over 39), Scott looked like someone in over his head. On Sunday’s back nine (and in the playoff), he looked like the best player in the world. He looked like someone capable of going on a tear this summer, particularly with all of his low, running Pinehursty and Hoy Lakey irons off the tees.
He looked like someone you’d like to trade places with.
“I enjoyed Monday night and celebrating (becoming No. 1) with close friends, but you've got to do that ... otherwise everything becomes very monotonous,” Scott said in his pre-tournament press conference. “Nothing’s great, nothing’s bad. You can't feel like that. You have to go through the highs and the lows.”
The lows he’s covered. The highs could just be getting started.
If only Adam Scott had a few more things going for him.— Ben Crane (@bencranegolf) May 25, 2014
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Speaking of people who could dominate the summer months, Rory McIlroy fired a final-round 66 at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship to claim his first win of 2014.
Not only did the victory come just days after McIlroy (very publicly) announced that he had broken off his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, it also came on a course where McIlroy had missed the cut the past two years.
Fans can read into the break-up and tweet one-liners if they want, but the way McIlroy had been playing it was only a matter of time before a win appeared. Back door or not, he had finished in the top 10 at his last four TOUR starts, including the Masters and THE PLAYERS.
"I guess when I got inside the ropes this week, it was a little bit of a release, and I was on my own and doing what I do best, which is playing golf, and that sort of gave me four or five hours of serenity or sanctuary or whatever you want to call it," McIlroy said.
Read more on Rory’s win in England here.
I wouldn't mind seeing this a few more times this summer. pic.twitter.com/W5Qhu3QbLG— D.J. Piehowski (@DJPie) May 26, 2014
Colin Montgomerie got two things Sunday that he’s been waiting years for: A win on U.S. soil and a major championship.
Yes, it was a senior major, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, but look at that smile. Does it look like he cares?
Read more on Monty’s win here.
Most of the week’s focus was on the top spot in the world rankings, but there were big things happening right around No. 60 as well.
Two players, Brendon Todd (T5 at Colonial) and Pablo Larrazabal (T7 at the BMW PGA), played their way into the U.S. Open by moving inside the top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings. Before his win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Todd was No. 136 in the world.
But there is still hope for those on the bubble. The top 60 following the FedEx St. Jude Classic (the week before the U.S. Open) will also get a trip to Pinehurst. Click here to see a full list of the rankings and those who are on the border.
STAT OF THE WEEK: With Sunday’s uber-bunched leaderboard, it was no surprise to see Scott and Dufner make Sunday charges, but this wasn’t the only time holding the lead at Colonial proved difficult. In fact, Scott was the sixth consecutive come-from-behind winner at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
THIS WEEK: The PGA TOUR heads to the house that Jack built, Muirfield Village, in Dublin, Ohio, for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Read about the field and all of the storylines in Jeff Shain’s First Look.