What I'll Remember About 2013: Scott overcoming adversity at Masters

November 24, 2013
By Clifton Brown, Special to PGATOUR.COM

PGATOUR.COM asked its staffers and writers what they will remember about the 2013 season. For the archived list of essays and a complete review of the season, click here.

Adam Scott’s victory at the Masters is the golf image from 2013 that I will remember most.

Why? Because as a parent, it reinforced so many things I recite to my children.


My son in particular gets tired of hearing my clichés. Like “Adversity can make you, or break you.” Or, “The most meaningful achievements are often the most difficult.”

But when Scott won the Masters, it resonated with anyone who has climbed a difficult mountain. It was impossible not to feel Scott’s joy as he won his first major, became the first Aussie to win the Masters, and overcame his monumental meltdown at the 2012 British Open, when he bogeyed the last four holes to blow it.

Before that, we knew Scott was good enough to win a major. But was he strong enough to shake off that British Open collapse?

Turns out he was. The victory was more impressive because Scott outlasted Angel Cabrera, a former Masters champion, who is one of golf’s great closers. It was a classic duel. Scott took the clubhouse lead with a 30-footer at No. 18, only to watch Cabrera answer with a brilliant 7-iron approach from 163 yards, setting up a birdie that forced sudden death.

Scott finally ended it with his 12-footer for birdie on the second hole of sudden death. Not surprisingly, Scott has continued his ascent. He won The Barclays in August, and has returned to his homeland this fall to win both the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters. Currently ranked No. 2 in the world, Scott can realistically think about supplanting Tiger Woods as world No. 1 in the near future.

From the lowest point of his career, to the top of his game, it has been quite a ride for Scott in 2013. His Masters victory was my favorite golf moment of the year. I didn’t have to say anything to my son. He just had to watch. Scott delivered the message.