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finished worse than 42nd, including a top-10
and a tie for 14th.
Fred Couples owns six top-10s and another
eight top-25s since taking out the 1992 edition.
Most famously, a 46-year-old Nicklaus bagged
one last Masters triumph in the twilight of his
“ There really is that energy there for the
past champions, if you believe in that kind
of stuff,” Scott says. “Just the comfort level
playing the Masters as a past champion
increases; and I was already developing
a comfort level in the years leading up to
winning. Maybe some of the pressure comes
off; maybe the confidence of knowing you’ve
done it there helps.
“Good things always seem to happen to
IN GOOD COMPANY
The champions locker room at Augusta
National, up a staircase from the lobby, has
a window with a view across Founders Circle
and down Magnolia Lane. It’s filled with
lockers held by Palmer, Nicklaus, Player,
Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan – some of the
greatest to have ever touched a golf club.
“I was never going to get a bad locker, was
I?” Scott says with an honest laugh. However,
he was delighted when he saw he’d share a
locker with Player. Not only because Player
is a nine-time Major champion, but also
because Australians and South Africans
share an intangible bond in golf.
“ To share a locker with Gary Player, one of
the Big Three, is a wonderful thing,” Scott
says. “I’ve spent some time with Gary over
the years. He has been my captain three
times at the Presidents Cup. Occasionally,
when I bump into Gary in the locker room
at the Masters, he jokes, ‘Where’s my jacket?
This one doesn’t fit!’”
Like any procedure at Augusta National, a
champion’s locker is assigned so quickly and
discreetly you’d think it was always there.
“It was that night. Not long after you
win and some of the official proceedings
are wrapped up, you get taken up to the
champions locker room,” Scott recalls. “ Your
stuff is moved out of the other locker and put
up there, so my street shoes were up in the
champions locker and they take you up there
and show you.
“ To share that room with the people who
are up there ... it’s indescribable. It’s an
incredible fraternity of players. Sitting at the
table at the champions dinner and looking
down at the greatest players who have ever
played the game, it’s really special to know
you’ll be at that dinner forever.”
HALL OF FAME
The 2013 Masters didn’t just halt Australian
golf circles. The whole nation tuned in.
Former US Open winner Graeme
McDowell hilariously tweeted: “945am
Monday morning east coast of Australia
now ... I fear for productivity right this
second!!” while renowned golf commentator
Jim Nantz joked he could hear the roar from
“ Yeah, I kind of had an idea,” Scott says
about the impact of his win. “Because I had
been part of it all back in Australia as a kid –
watching Norman and understanding what
“I think I’ve seen a clip of a radio show
where the guy is doing an interview, but
he’s watching my win. He’s silently dancing
in the chair and he’s not listening and says,
‘Sorry, what did you say? Adam just won the
Masters.’ That was brilliant.”
Golfers will argue until they’re blue in
the face where it ranks among Australia’s
greatest sporting achievements. But one thing
is certain – it’s in the same league as those
‘ Where were you when it happened?’ moments.
Not unlike Australia’s 1983 America’s Cup
victory, Cathy Freeman’s 400 metres win at
the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney or John
Aloisi’s extra-time penalty in 2005 that sent
the Socceroos through to the 2006 FIFA
World Cup, their first Cup berth in 32 years.
But with 10-plus years left in his playing
career, Scott isn’t stopping to smell the
azaleas just yet.
“I’m still playing and still trying to achieve,
so I don’t focus on it that way,” Scott admits.
“But to hear it brought up, or to see an article
with my achievement alongside those of
Donald Bradman or Cathy Freeman – these
kind of heroes – is pretty amazing.”
Scott brings himself back to earth with a
dose of modesty.
“I can’t believe it was my destiny to win,
when you had so many great Australian
players lead the way and with Greg coming so
close,” Scott says. “But it ended up being me.
It was just ... fate.”
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