Adam Scott set a milestone mark last week on the PGA Tour and he did it the way he’s carried out most of his career — quietly, humbly.
It’s not far-fetched to say that Adam Scott is one of the most under-rated and under-appreciated stars on the PGA Tour.
He’s drawn everyone’s attention with that magnificent golf swing of his — it’s pure art in motion. It’s also tough to fathom that this season marks his 20th year on the PGA Tour. He’s 42-year-old now but doesn’t look it. That swing is still a thing of beauty and late last season he made a nice little run in the playoffs — ties for fifth at the WGC St. Jude and the BMW got him into yet another Tour Championship. Truth of the matter is that he’s been in the FedEx Cup playoffs for 16 straight years.
And while we’re at it, let’s remind everyone of his 14 International wins and his 14 PGA Tour wins. In there is the 2004 Players Championship and the 2013 Masters.
Last week at the Tournament of Champions, Scott once again went quietly about his business. Finishing 29th took him to a new level in his sport — he’s now seventh on the all-time money list for the PGA Tour.
Pretty lofty company when you consider that list:
Tiger Woods: $120,895,206
Phil Mickelson: $94,955,060
Dustin Johnson: $74,897,059
Jim Furyk: $71,507,269
Vijay Singh: $71,236,216
Rory McIlroy: $68,064,549
Adam Scott: $60,083,599
Interesting dynamic to that list. Tiger’s pretty much done, Mickelson’s defected as has D.J., Jim Furyk and Vijay are senior players.
Rory McIlroy has a great chance to jump way up that list and possibly challenge the number Tiger Woods put up — given the new level of big money events on the PGA Tour.
How much Scott has left in the tank remains to be seen but at age 42, he’s a lofty No. 37 in the world.
Scott’s last win came at the 2020 Genesis (aka L.A. Open). His swing still looks great and his performance is so very dependent on that ugly long putter that is the mill stone around the neck of this fantastic ball-striker.
When the LIV series was recruiting hard last year, Scott was a prime target. He fit the profile — over 40, major champion, lives outside the U.S. and a bit past his prime. Scott didn’t take the bait, didn’t buy what Greg Norman (aka The Lamest Commissioner In All The Land) was selling. Considering Norman was once Scott’s golfing idol, many thought Scott would head for the land of huge up-front money, non-taxing 54-hole events and ridiculously high payouts for those 54-hole exhibitions.
Again, Scott didn’t bite. He’s a PGA Tour guy and has been a fine one now for two decades.
These new “designated” (aka elevated) events are perfect for him. He can play those and enjoy time with his family. He has residences in The Bahamas and Switzerland.
He’s a stylish guy, just imagine a GQ cover guy who has serious game on the golf course.
That’s Adam Scott.
He’ll play this week at the Sony Open at Waialae.
You read who most are proclaiming the feature players and it’s defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth and Tom Kim.
And for about the millionth time in his career — Adam Scott flies under the radar.