In a year where Australians have received friendly abuse for their many failings against English and British teams, Adam Scott has been a shining light for the Australian sporting public.
2013 has been one of, if not, the best golfing year of his life.
He won his first major championship by beating Angel Cabrera in a play-off at the Masters, before having strong showings at both the Open and the USPGA which finished at the weekend.
These consistent performances have also pushed him up the World Golf Rankings to 4th spot, his second highest placing since being 3rd back in 2007.
Scott, who turned pro in 2000, should’ve won the Open Championships in 2012 as he was leading by four shots with four holes to play, but the Adelaide born right hander contrived to bogey all four holes to lose by a single shot to Ernie Els.
This wasn’t to be his major championship legacy though as he produced a superb performance under grave pressure to win the Masters at Augusta this year, and become the first Aussie ever to win the Green Jacket.
He returned to play the Open and tried to put to rest the demons of 2012. In the week where Australia were getting demolished in the Second Ashes Test at Lord’s, Scott went into the back nine, on the final day, with a one shot lead, only to be overtaken by the superb Phil Mickelson and his birdie infested round. Scott eventually finished in a tie for 3rd.
This year the Lions Rugby Tour and the Ashes cricket are all going the way of Australia’s great rivals.
But Scott has shoved Brits like McIlroy, Donald and Poulter down the pecking order only for Justin Rose to put his hand up and be counted.
But, when it comes down to it, unless Michael Clarke and the cricketers can produce some heroics, Scott is guaranteed to go down as Australia’s Male Sportsman of the Year.
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