Adam Scott Returns To Defend His PGA Crown

21 November 2014
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There are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon than with a stroll on the Gold Coast. However, when the object of that stroll is to win the Australian PGA Championship, you could be forgiven for displaying a few nerves.

Throw in an afternoon thunderstorm, a red-hot rival and the chance to claim the Australian PGA title for the very first time and Adam Scott had every reason to feel nervous on November 10 last year.

Yet, the unflappable Aussie held his nerve in the face of American Rickie Fowler's challenge to win his first Australian PGA Championship by four strokes.

Scott made headlines by dedicating the win to his parents, particularly his father Phil – a former golf pro and PGA of Australia member.

"It was nice for all of us to see him win at home, in front of his friends and our friends," says Scott Sr.

"And of course he had not won the PGA before, so it completed his list of major Australian titles."


Major Breakthrough

When it comes to winning major titles, none are more significant than the hallowed US Masters.

When Scott clinched his first Major at Augusta National in 2013 – becoming the first Australian to win the Masters in the tournament's storied 80-year history – he sealed his place in the pantheon of Australian sporting greats.

Scott's dramatic playoff win over Angel Cabrera and subsequent rise to world golf's number one ranking made him one of Australia's most marketable sporting stars, and it's no surprise to see packed galleries wherever the amiable Adelaide-born ace plays.

He's arguably most popular in Queensland, where his family took up residence when he was nine and where Scott is the touring professional at the Sanctuary Cove Golf Club.

World Number One

While his Masters win was unprecedented, Scott followed in the footsteps of fellow Queenslander Greg Norman in becoming the world's number one golfer.

It was a feat his father says made both men feel on top of the world.

"I felt for just a minute that I was up with him on the summit, realising he was the best in the world," Scott Sr explains.

"It was a lovely thing to absorb and for me, not something to treat lightly. The best in anything is worth applauding," he adds.

 Adam Scott is back to defend his PGA crown

Defending Champion

Scott will go into next month's tournament a red-hot favourite to defend his crown, but with a strong field lined up for the event – including Royal Pines newcomers Robert Allenby and Greg Chalmers – the local hero won't have it easy.

Allenby is the only Australian to have completed the 'Aussie Slam' – winning the Australian Open, the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters in the same year – and Scott came within one stroke of replicating the feat last year, going down to Rory McIlroy in a one-stroke Australian Open nailbiter.

He'll need to be similarly on form at Royal Pines, although Scott Sr is confident his young charge will take home the Joe Kirkwood Cup for the second successive year.

"I am an optimist. And he's a really good player!" Scott Sr says of Adam's chances. "He will perform well, so someone else will need to perform really well to beat him.

"The nature of golf makes it hard to keep winning, but in this instance... why not?"

 A proud Scott lifts the Joe Kirkwood Cup

Sunshine State

After 11 years at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, last year's Australian PGA Championship was the first at its new home at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

Crowds flocked to the challenging course, with the event's second day played out among a sea of green, on what was officially declared 'Wear Green For Adam Scott Day.'

Sadly, Scott was unable to defend his US Masters crown in April, but he'll be determined to make amends back home on the Gold Coast.

In a sport famously called "a good walk ruined" by author Mark Twain, defending Australian PGA champion Scott will nonetheless hope that he's strolling to victory come Sunday afternoon on December 14.

The Australian PGA Championship takes place from December 11 – 14 at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

Mike Tuckerman

From Europe to Asia and many places in between, there's rarely a town or city I've not enjoyed exploring. When I'm not wandering the streets and discovering new destinations, you can usually find me hanging out with the locals at major sporting events.