Everyone has talked about the similarities in their swings for the last couple of years. There are whispers now that Woods might do well to copy the 23-year-old Australian.
Woods is engaged to a Swedish model. Scott's girlfriend is Swedish.
A few years ago, Scott briefly hired the younger brother of Woods' caddie, Steve Williams, to be his caddie.
Most notably, they had the same swing coach - Butch Harmon - during their developmental years on tour. Scott first hooked up with Harmon when he played at UNLV, while Woods worked with Harmon for a dozen years before parting ways last season.
'When he first came to see Butch, I saw the tapes,' Woods said. 'I mean, it looked just like me. The only difference is he's a little bit taller than I am, so obviously he's got a little more width than I do.
'Other than that, it looks very similar.'
But if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it is best illustrated in the way Scott plays with the lead.
His victory Sunday at The Players Championship was not exactly a page from Woods' textbook, bringing unnecessary drama to the 18th hole by hitting a 6-iron into the water with a two-shot lead. But there is no denying the result.
Scott is now 6-1 worldwide with at least a share of the lead going into the final round. His scoring average in those seven events is 68.14.
Throw out one swing at Sawgrass, and it was a command performance - birdies early in the round to build his lead, a clutch short game to save par when Padraig Harrington had posted his round of 66 to get within two shots, and the nervy 10-footer to save bogey and avoid the playoff on the 18th.
Scott closed with a 70 and became the youngest winner of golf's fifth major.
It was only his second PGA Tour victory, although both were strong tournaments. The other was the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston in September. Scott pulled away with a 66, while Woods, Darren Clarke and Vijay Singh were among those who finished in the top 10.
The Players Championship is not an ordinary PGA Tour event.
'It's a great start for the year, and it's a big step for me,' Scott said.
Woods has had more rivalries than there are majors - Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Davis Love III, Singh and even Sergio Garcia have been mentioned.
Singh remains Woods' biggest rival at the moment, for no other reason than he is No. 2 in the world, although Els and Mickelson are closing fast.
Scott might not be too far behind, and he shot to the top of the list among players younger than Woods.
Garcia, 24, has won three times on the PGA Tour, and seriously challenged Woods at the '99 PGA Championship when the Spanish star was only 19. Aaron Baddeley, 23, has three victories in Australia and has a fearless stroke with the putter, although he hasn't done anything to merit serious consideration.
Charles Howell III, 24, has one PGA Tour victory and has finished inside the top 15 on the money list his first two seasons, although he is struggling now.
Scott won a major test on the TPC at Sawgrass, and that should not be taken lightly.
'I think people around him have seen his talent level sooner than he even knew himself,' Mickelson said. 'We've been talking among players for a number of years now about what a talent this guy is, and how good he's going to be. And to have his first win on tour be only last year was a surprise to everyone.
'We're going to start seeing him contend week in and week out in the biggest tournaments.'
Even stronger praise came from Greg Norman, the Australian icon and Scott's idol.
'He's technically better than Tiger Woods was at 23,' Norman said. 'He needs a bit of confidence, a couple of victories under his belt, and he can be doing what Tiger has done in the last three, four, five years.
'He can eclipse all of us, I guess.'
In some respects, Scott brings to mind another comparison.
Twenty years ago, Fred Couples was an undeniable talent with a silky swing. He followed his first PGA Tour victory by becoming the youngest winner at The Players Championship.
Scott is about as easygoing as Couples, and he even spoke last week about getting comfortable around players that he grew up watching on television. He barely made a peep while playing practice rounds with Woods at the 2001 British Open and at the 2002 U.S. Open.
'I'd feel more comfortable hanging with those guys if I were to win some more, or win a big event or something like that,' Scott said on the eve of the final round. 'But I definitely see my game improving and getting closer to a level where they are.'
He took a huge step Sunday at Sawgrass.
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