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One of the world's premier golfers, Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament with his 2013 victory.
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Golfer Adam Scott was born in Adelaide, Australia, in 1980. The son of golfers, Scott began playing the game at the age of 4 and, for most of his childhood, was coached by his father, Phil. He turned pro in 2000 and, over the next decade, became one of the game's best players. In 2013, Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament.
"I don't know how to digest it all at the moment, but it was incredible. I'm just so proud of myself and everyone around me who's helped me."
[On winning the 2013 Masters Tournament.]
"I tried to keep it simple and natural. As a golf pro, I appreciated the need for solid technique, but I never tried to cloud his mind with too many technical thoughts."
Adam Derek Scott was born in Adelaide, Australia, on July 16, 1980. At the age of 7, Scott moved with his family to Queensland, where, he says, he developed his life-long love of the beach. Today, Scott is an active surfer.
At a young age, Scott was also steeped heavily in the game of golf. While his father, Phil, never played professionally, he was a member of the Australian PGA and, for many years, designed and manufactured golf clubs. More recently, the elder Scott has become a golf course designer. His mother, Pam, is also an active player.
Scott began playing golf at the age of 4 his with father. A few years later, Adam Scott was coached by his dad, who grounded his son in the game's fundamentals. "I tried to keep it simple and natural," Scott later said. "As a golf pro, I appreciated the need for solid technique, but I never tried to cloud his mind with too many technical thoughts."
But Scott's talent was hard to ignore. He was just 13 when he beat his dad for the first time, and, at his father's club, Scott regularly beat players much older than him.
In 1996, the 17-year-old Scott enrolled at Kooralbyn International School in Queensland, an institution well-known for its golf program. Even there, the determined Scott was a notch above his talented classmates, and was considered by many to be a bit of a prodigy.
After three years at the school, Scott moved to the United States and enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He turned pro in 2000.
Adam Scott didn't have to wait long to enjoy some success on the pro tour. He joined the European Tour 2001 and, that same year, won his first European Tour title at the Aflred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. The following season, he joined the U.S. Tour and began racking up victories on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 2003, Scott made major headlines when he became the youngest golfer ever to win the Player's Championship, widely considered the game's "fifth" major.
By the late 2000s, Scott's career seemed to know no bounds. He won the season-ending Tour Championship of the U.S. Tour in 2006, and finished third on the money list. The following season, Scott climbed to No. 3 in the rankings. Then, in 2008, he won the Byron Nelson Championship.
But struggles soon followed. Scott experienced an emotional break-up with his longtime girlfriend, broke a hand and then got sick. Eventually, these personal setbacks took their toll on his golf game. In 2009, his worst as a pro, Scott missed the cut 10 times in 24 tournaments. By the end of the year, Scott's ranking had dropped to 76.
But Scott quickly rebounded in 2010. He began dating tennis star Anna Ivanovic that year (they have since broken up), and the success he'd experienced on the course for so much of his career returned.
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