Adam on the Eve of Greatness


Just like that its over. Adam Scott takes his A game to East Lake and makes most of the rest of the field look like extras in a B movie.
Scott has now won a Players Championship and a TOUR Championship. He is pushing the dormant Phil Mickelson for the No. 3 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.
And he has his sights set squarely on a first major championship. Nobody knows better than the young Australian that the time is now to win one of golfs four biggest prizes.
Sunday night on our Sprint Post Game Show I reminded Scott that his countryman, Geoff Ogilvy, finished 2005 with top 10s in each of that seasons last two majors. Clearly, those two championships served as a springboard to Ogilvy capturing the Accenture Match Play and the U.S. Open in 2006.
Scott secured top 10s in this years British Open and PGA Championship and then added his first victory of the year at the TOUR Championship Sunday. Could, I asked him, he expect those achievements to serve as a similar springboard for 2007?
Absolutely, he said, without hesitation.
Meanwhile, yes, the official PGA TOUR season is over. Jim Furyk won the Vardon Trophy for low stroke average. Tiger Woods will carry a six-tournament winning streak into 2007. And Scott wound up third on the U.S. money list.
There is compelling golf left on other Tours. Lorena Ochoa hasnt yet locked up Player of the Year on the womens side. But she is close to doing so with two official LPGA events remaining. Meanwhile, there is the Nationwide Tour Championship this week with almost two dozen precious PGA TOUR cards at stake.
But soon we will be bombarded by season-in-review stories. The biggest surprise in golf this year is one of the most interesting unanswered questions.
How about Karrie Webbs comeback? She won again Sunday and now stands tied with Ochoa for most 2006 victories at five. The LPGA victory total was a combined zero in 2006 from Creamer, Pressel, Gulbis, Wie and Miyazato.
Mickelsons meltdown at Winged Foot, where he was one par away from winning his third straight major, was more of a shock than it was a surprise.
To me the biggest surprise of the year was Americas second consecutive 18 to 9 thrashing at the hands of the Europeans at the Ryder Cup in Ireland.
Now European captain Ian Woosnam is saying the American selection process, weighted heavily on top 10 finishes, is all wrong.
Meanwhile the PGA of America has countered by naming Paul Azinger as its next captain. Azinger has plenty of ideas and plenty of passion.
It would have been a good thing if Larry Nelson had gotten the job. But Azinger was the right guy this time around, especially with his rival Nick Faldo captaining the Europeans in the 2008 matches that will take place at Valhalla in Kentucky.
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