Punch Shot: How many majors wins for Scott?

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 16, 2013, 3:50 pm

Adam Scott earned his first - and long-awaited - major title at the 77th Masters Tournament. Will this open the major floodgates for Scott or is he one and done? GolfChannel.com writers weigh in with their thoughts on how many majors Scott will win in his career.



Adam Scott’s ball-striking will give him a chance in every tournament he enters, and it’ll be those rare weeks when he marries that long-game prowess with a hot flatstick that he’ll bag another major title. This year’s British Open, for instance, presents another ideal opportunity. But there is reason for concern. First, the potential anchoring ban could curb his upside – from 2008-10, before he switched to the broom-handle putter, he ranked no better than 178th in strokes gained-putting. An adjustment period looms. And secondly, this Masters victory will bring a new level of celebrity, and deservedly so. How he adjusts to the distractions and the attention and the new off-course opportunities will determine if he’ll be more than an immensely talented one-hit wonder. 



At the risk of dulling the shine that has been cast by Adam Scott’s inspiring victory on Sunday at Augusta National, estimates that this triumph will open the floodgates to more major glory feel greatly exaggerated.

We give the Australian one more Grand Slam, not because he’s not talented or driven enough to collect them like candy, but because golf’s competitive landscape is set to shift dramatically in the next few months, if not weeks.

The USGA and R&A are expected to rule on anchoring and the fate of the long putter seems bleak following Scott’s victory. Augusta National was perched on the fence when asked about the impending decision last week, but that indifference may change now that Scott completed the “Anchoring Slam.”

With a monsoon of respect for Scott, he did not “putt” his way to a green jacket. For the week, he finished 39th in putting and first in greens in regulation.

As good as Scott is Tee to Green, his putting with a conventional putter is suspect at best. Prior to 2011 when he switched to the broom-handle putter he had ranked outside the top 175 in strokes gained-putting the previous three seasons. This year he is 80th in that category.

Scott is talented enough to win many more majors, but he may be running out of time.



“Surely, this will open the floodgates for him.”

It feels like the de facto response anytime a top-ranked player finally breaks through with a major triumph. Adam Scott has demonstrated the ability to win multiple top-tier events, now including a major. Becoming the sixth player since 2001 to win a second major, though, may be easier said than done.

With the recency bias in full effect, it can appear as though the question for the 32-year-old Aussie is not if he will win another major, but how many he will ultimately bring home. Consider this, though – countryman Steve Elkington was 32 years old when he won the 1995 PGA Championship. Likewise, Fred Couples was 32 when his ball stopped on the bank of Rae’s Creek at the 1992 Masters. Jim Furyk, Ian Woosnam and Davis Love III were all 33 years old when they finally captured an elusive major title. At the time of their wins, each of these men appeared destined to capture multiple majors, but years later each has only his maiden triumph to his credit.

The game right now has a deeper talent pool at the top than it has in years, as evidenced by the fact that the last 18 majors have been won by 17 different players, and if anything, last year’s British Open demonstrated just how easily a win can slip away. For Scott specifically, a likely switch back to a conventional putter in the near future may also require an untold period of adjustment. So while it would not surprise me to see him add another major trophy to his green jacket, at this point I predict that when he looks back on his career, this past week will remain both his greatest achievement and his lone major title.



There's a question that gets asked anytime a talented player claims his first major championship: Now that he has one, will the floodgates open?

I've got news for those questioners. The floodgates are closed. For everyone.

In case you haven't been paying attention, 18 different players have accounted for the last 19 majors. Nobody is winning majors in bunches.

On the heels of his Masters win, expect Adam Scott to follow suit. Don't get me wrong. He's a terrific player. Just don't count on him winning, say, three of the next six.

In fact, I've got him taking just two more in his career. On the heels of Sunday's success, that may sound like an insult, but it isn't. Three career wins would put him in a class just behind Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els, equal to Vijay Singh and Padraig Harrington. A better comparison is that he may wind up being this generation's Billy Casper, which is high praise indeed.

Floodgates? Nope, they're closed – at least for now. But Scott will win a few more majors before his career is over. 



Adam Scott won’t be “one and done” winning major championships, but just how many he wins probably depends on whether anchored putting is banned.

Pencil me in for one more green jacket for Scott if anchored putting is banished, two more if he can keep using that broomstick-handle putter. He’s now in that class of players whom Augusta National anoints as regular contenders. At 32, he will keep giving himself chances. 

Since Scott began using a long putter, his major championship record has dramatically improved. He tied for second at the Masters in 2011, the first time he put a long putter into play in a major. He hasn’t finished outside the top 10 there with it. He has finished T-9 or better five times in the last nine majors with it. That’s more top-10s than he had in the previous 39 majors he played.

Given his ball-striking prowess, his age and growing confidence now, Scott looks like a guy who could win two to five major championship titles, depending on what happens with the rules governing his putting.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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