Geoff Ogilvy first met Adam Scott in the early 1990s, when they competed in a junior interstate series in Australia.
“Pretty immediately,” Ogilvy said, “he looked like he was world class.”
Fast forward nearly 20 years, and Scott finds himself in the final pairing, with a four-shot lead, as he plays the final round of the 141st Open Championship. If he can hang on Sunday, he will become the fifth Australian to hoist the claret jug – and the first Aussie since Greg Norman, Scott’s idol, in 1993.
“He’s looked like he was going to do this since he was 14, to be honest with you,” Ogilvy said. “He was really on track it looked like up to a few years ago, and then he kind of lost his way a little bit for a couple of years. Then he kind of rededicated himself. He's been working harder than anyone, I think.”
The turnaround for Scott came in February 2011, when he switched to the broomstick putter at the WGC-Match Play. Two months later, he seemed poised to win his first major until Charl Schwartzel’s historic finish at Augusta National.
“This has looked like it was coming since the Masters last year, hasn’t it?” Ogilvy said. “He’s happy with his putting, he’s been looking confident and sticking to his plan of just playing when he’s ready to play and go home and work really hard on your game and prepare for the big tournaments.
“If it wasn’t this week it would be two weeks’ time at Kiawah, or it would have been a month ago. It’s been coming ... it looked like, anyway.”