Aussies On Top: The Adam Scott Effect
Greg Norman was proud of Adam Scott’s US Masters win in 2013.
But truthfully, the Great White Shark would be even prouder of the effect that his fellow Queenslander has had on golf in this country.
Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Because when Scott holed that character-building down-hiller for birdie putt against Angel Cabrera at Augusta last year, he elevated the profile of Australian golf to a level not experienced since Norman himself was at his peak.
According to the PGA of Australia, some of the wide-ranging benefits of Scott’s triumph have the potential to be felt for many years, by many people.
And while it is difficult to quantify what its worth in terms of sponsorship dollars, participation rates, club memberships, junior development, tournament attendance figures or television ratings, it seems these fundamental elements of the game’s expansion have certainly received a significant and timely boost.
Scott’s popularity is not merely a by-product of winning the Masters and almost pulling off the coveted Triple Crown of Australian golf over the summer.
He now threatens to become the No.1 player in the world and with a swing to die for, even the experts suggest he could stay there for quite a while.
Still only 33-years of age, Scott could, conceivably, stay at the top of his game for up to 10 more years.
Obviously that would entail adding more majors to his resume.
Should that occur, players like Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Steve Bowditch and others will no doubt hop on his coat tails and have the potential to elevate the status of this game in this country as high as it’s ever been.
Some say that is already happening with the likes of John Senden, Matt Jones, Bowditch and Day already winners on the $200m US PGA Tour this year.
Australia’s army of club professionals can feel the fever rising.
Enthusiasm for the game seems to be taking off – again.
We may be on the cusp of a golden era for Australian golf.
Let’s enjoy the ride.