Scott Unfazed Being 3rd Wheel

By Vince CelliniJune 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
2008 U.S. OpenSAN DIEGO -- Seldom is Adam Scott that other guy in any situation.
 
The talented Aussie was recently named the games sexiest player in our Golf Channel Top Ten series and cuts a dashing figure both on the links, and in his Burberry clothing ads. I cant imagine Adam spending long nights alone curled up with a good book. Curled up, yes..book, no.
 
Yet the situation was this, Scott found himself a third wheel on Thursday and Friday at the 108th U.S. Open, playing in that threesome alongside Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
 
Golf fans craned their necks and ran through the thick grass at Torrey Pines just to get a glimpse of numbers 1 and 2 in the world. It was mayhem, with fans lined up six and seven deep. Even non-golf types understood, sort of.
 
Im just learning about golf, said a young lady dressed in powder blue pants and white tank top who, along with her friends, was passing out business cards for their place of work (think free VIP admission).
 
When asked if she would be interested in watching Adam Scott she said Id have to see his face. Her co-worker dressed in the exact same outfit checked out Scott and purred Oh yeah, hes really cute.
 
I dont think it was something she would say just to make a guy feel good, at least not this time.
 
Scott has a magnificent swing and clearly has Tigers respect judging by the big smile and Hey, whats up? handshake they shared on 10 tee. Adam strikes me as a pleasant , almost shy fellow and with an injured right hand wasnt the only player in the group nursing an injury.
 
He seemed very comfortable in this supergroup and as one woman told me on the 13th hole, he smiled at the crowd, he was nice.
 
In fact, while Phil and Tiger drew huge applause, there were still several way to go Adam cheers from the massive gallery. I guess they smiled back.
 
World ranking aside, Adam Scott is clearly number 3 in the 1:36 pm grouping, but you gotta give the guy credit in maintaining his stranglehold on the 18-36 female demographic.
 
Hes hot, said 30-ish golf fan Tina. Her friend Corey added thats what hes known for.
 
Adam Scott feeling ignored? Doubtful. The guys a VIP.
 
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