Adam Scott Closing 2013 Strong, Shares Lead At Australian Masters

By Brandon Raper


Adam Scott
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Talk about an incredible homecoming. Adam Scott returned home to the land down under last week, had his win at the Masters honored with a “green day”, and then to top it all off, he won the Australian PGA in his first action since the President’s Cup.

What could he possibly do for an encore? Well, if he keeps playing this way, he could make it back-to-back wins and hold two Masters titles. After two rounds of the Australian Masters, Scott is tied for the lead at -9 with fellow Aussie Nathan Holman.

While the victory is anything but certain after only 36 holes, this brings up a good question: could Scott still earn a Player of the Year award to wrap up 2013?

While Tiger Woods took the PGA of America title by winning the season points race, and also earned the PGA Tour‘s title by winning a player vote, Scott made a great case for his own eligibility. His victory at the Masters was the highlight for sure, but it was far from his only success. In just 16 events, he won twice and landed six other top-tens. He had the best record in the four majors by far.

The Golf Writers Association of America will present their award in December, and it would be a fitting conclusion to a year that skyrocketed Scott to the top of the game, as well as the world rankings. There’s no denying that Woods had a stellar year, and he has earned the time off after a long season, but Scott’s decision to continue playing when he could just sit back and enjoy his success should be rewarded.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and add him to your Google+ network.

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