GULLANE, Scotland – Adam Scott’s message to Justin Rose following the Australian’s drought-busting victory at the Masters proved prophetic. Less than two months after telling his friend in a text that “this is our time” to win majors, Rose, also 32, followed up with his own maiden triumph.
It’s reasonable to wonder now whether a friendly rivalry will develop between the two stars, both in the primes of their career and no longer dogged by the question of when they would break through in the majors.
“Well, that would only develop if he or I were to win this week,” Scott said, smiling. “Then it would be 2-1.”
A few years ago, Scott altered his pre-major schedule to best prepare himself for the biggest events. He plays even fewer events – this is just his fifth since the Masters – opting instead to take time off around the majors to practice and prepare. Soon he was putting himself in contention in the biggest events, and before long he had slipped into the green jacket.
In casual rounds with his friend, Scott could sense that Rose was on the verge of a similar breakthrough.
“You can just see in a guy when he’s ready and that he wants it, too,” Scott said Wednesday at Muirfield. “I saw that in Justin. The good thing about me winning the Masters for him was that it fired him up probably even more. And sometimes that’s all you need. If somebody that you know fairly well and you know their game can do it, it gives you even more belief.”