Luke Elvy: Being himself is No.1 to Adam Scott
Hearing Adam Scott had secretly married his long-time partner Marie Kojzar was a bombshell, but not if you know the type of man he is. Ultimately, missing the chance to grab the world number one ranking this week was more of a story.
First the surprise wedding in the Bahamas. We now know it was held in his backyard the Thursday after the Masters, in front of a small gathering of family and friends. The fact everyone who attended was able to keep it a secret for over two weeks is impressive.
Adam Scott (Credit: Getty Images)
The one thing Scott lost after winning at Augusta last year was his virtual anonymity. Despite possessing movie star looks and being one of the world’s best, he could basically walk around without much attention. He liked it that way and who could blame him.
Now after a year of greater exposure on mainstream media, the world has had the chance to connect with Scott. They’ve found what those closest to him always knew, the Aussie has a wonderful warmth to him and is authentic in everyway. They say he has not changed one bit.
However, to continue the life he likes to live, Scott has had to somewhat control the noise. Keeping personal things private is a constant battle, especially in this day and age, but one he has managed to date.
Understandably people want more, but it’s always the individuals right to give what they want and I respect that – he’s chosen to keep that part of his life to himself. As Rory McIlroy admitted this week, “that’s where we differ.” The Northern Irishman was poking fun at himself for all those love tweets to his fiancée Caroline Wozniacki.
You won’t even see Scott on Twitter. There are only a handful of pictures of Marie Kojzar on the internet and she rarely is at the tournaments. I dare say most people wondered how was she a long-term partner if he dated Ana Invanovic around the 2011 Presidents Cup?
Scott started seeing Kojzar in the mid-2000s when she was a nanny for Thomas Bjorn. A bright and intelligent woman, Kojzar had career aspirations of her own and they mutually parted ways in 2008.
Friends tell me it crushed Adam and was part of the reason his game suffered a decline to the point where he thought about giving it away in 2009. We now know how the story goes, they have since reunited and Scott’s career has flourished. What’s the saying, behind every great man…
Now they are married, Scott is back at work and focused on achieving his golfing goals, winning major tournaments and becoming world number one. For the third time this year, he has missed the chance to grab it from Tiger Woods.
Is it a concern? Not really. Now that Woods is out injured it’s almost a given Scott will become just the second Australian to ascend to the top – Greg Norman’s last week of 331 as world number one was in January 1998.
With Scott, Stenson and Watson all having the week off, the only thing preventing it happening next Monday is Matt Kuchar winning the Byron Nelson in Dallas. What’s more important for Scott is adding to his sole major victory.
“If I was never world number one when I’m this close, I’d be disappointed, but I’d also much rather win the US Open and not be number one at all this year.” said Scott after a T38 at The Players.
“That’s what it comes down to.”
Typical Scott, taking care of the processes, and letting the outcomes take care of themselves.
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