Adam Scott Sports Professional : : Golfing Royalty : : Humanitarian
In Adam Scott’s Kooralbyn High School Year Book he was asked of his future ambitions. He wrote: “To be the best professional golfer in the world.”
It seems that way back in 1996, he had foretold his own future. By this stage Scott had already won the World Junior Championship.
He was still one year away from graduating and was being lauded even then.
The Principal of the school at the time was Geoff Mills. Mills said, “He (Scott) was determined back then and he hasn’t lost that grit and determination you need – not just for sport, but for life in general.”
Yet golf is a hard game; perhaps the hardest of any sport to win consistently and Scott knows this.
After winning the Bridgestone in August 2011 for which he pocketed $1.4 million he told Business Spoil Insider that although it was a huge boost to his confidence, “Winning is something that doesn’t happen that often in golf, unlike in other sports.
I mean in tennis, for example, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer may lose in the final but they’ll have won a lot of matches along the way. In golf, winning is something I’d do less than 10 percent of my career – I wish I did win 10 per cent, that would be a good number, but most people are lucky to win once, ever, out of hundreds and hundreds of events.”
Scott has won more than once. Put it down to that winner’s mindset the had back in high school. It’s the same mindset that drives anyone who is able to excel in their chosen profession.
In 2013, he won his first Masters. A feat not even his idol Greg Norman could achieve and in doing so he became the first Australian ever to win the US Masters.
Norman is now a mentor and friend. After that Masters win he said of the younger protege,” I think he’s a better driver of the ball than I ever was.” That’s a big endorsement. But like Norman he has had his ups and downs.
2013 was the year to remember and he worked his way up to being number one in the world. The last two years have been good with great moments and as a consequence he has dropped to a ranking of 12th.
It doesn’t faze him, however. He is now in a position to play the tournaments he wants and he still goes out to win them.
His attitude hasn’t changed, just the number of tournaments he plays.
Still, 12th in the world is a good standing, add to that his Forbes ranking in the top 10 golfers and estimated earnings of $50 million (dollars US) and partnerships with Rolex, Uni QLD and Titleist and life isn’t bad.
Like Norman he dabbled in business with his business interests handled by the EWM Group, which invests in golf course design.
At one stage there was talk of property development in Dubai.
“That’s not happening now,” he told Business Insider. “A lot of things have changed in the past three years – there are more golf courses closing than being built. My view on business has changed. I’m best concentrating on golf.”
And charity. In 2005 Scott started the Adam Scott Foundation which funds services for disadvantaged children, particularly those with autism .
“I was so fortunate in my youth, given every opportunity by my parents and through government sporting programs,” said Scott. “The foundation is away of giving something back.”
THE ADAM SCOTT FOUNDATION SUPPORTS THE FOLLOWING CAUSES:
Adam Scott Foundation Youth Centers: These projects are developed to provide support and guidance to young people in the community.
The Adam Scott Foundation Scholarship: Initiated in 2008, the Adam Scott Foundation Scholarship is offered annually in Australia for a student to attend Griffith University. This scholarship allows the recipient to earn a Bachelor of Business and Sports Management degree with the option to complete the Golf Management Course offered by the PGA International Golf Institute.
The program is specifically designed to offer a young disadvantaged person with the opportunity to achieve their desired career path in sports management that they may otherwise not have had the chance to achieve.
Australia Education for Kids Program: Established in 2009 this program provided laptop computers to the children’s ward of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia.
Adam Scott Foundation Asia Scholarship: The scholarship is offered annually and allows the recipient to earn a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and Management at Nanyang University in Singapore.
At 35 Scott is his own man. But his attitudes to life and business haven’t changed. No matter what he does, sport, endorsement or charity, he strives to be the best.
And he is guided by one of his favorite high school expressions: “If all else fails, birdie the last.”
ADAM SCOTT’S VICTORIES
ADAM SCOTT – 11 PGA TOURS
2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
2013 Masters Tournament
2013 The Barclays
2011 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational
2010 Valero Texas Open
2008 EDS Byron Nelson Championship
2007 Shell Houston Open
2006 THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola
2004 THE PLAYFRS Championship
2004 Booz Allen Classic
2003 Deutsche Bank Championship
ADAM SCOTT – 13 INTERNATIONAL VICTORIES
2001 Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship [SAf]
2002 Qatar Masters [Fur], Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship [Eur]
2003 Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters [Eur]
2005 Singapore Open [Asia], Johnnie Walker Classic [Eur]
2006 Singapore Open [Asia]
2008 Commercialbank Qatar Masters [Eur]
2009 Australian Open [Aus]
2010 Barclays Singapore Open [Asia]
2012 Talisker Masters [Aus]
2013 Australian PGA Championship [Aus], Talisker Masters [Aus]