Monday, April 15, 2013
Notes On A Master
Well, Adam Scott can no longer hold the title, Best Player Never To Win A Major. And it was a long time coming. I remember watching Scott win the TPC in 2004 when he was 23 and we were waiting any day for the birth of our first child.
So 9 years later, after a lot of near misses and one colossal meltdown (the 2012 Open Championship), Scott conquered nerves and made some massive putts to finally join the Major fraternity.
So Scott got the monkey off his back, but the thing about golf is that the demons never really go away. Phil Mickelson has won multiple majors and is one of the best of our generation, but he's unraveled in the final round too many times to recall. Jim Furyk seems as steady as they come, he won the 2003 US Open, and has coughed it up many times since.
So Scott will always have those surreal clutch moments in the rain from Augusta 2013, and the Masters Championship is something that will never be taken away.
But in golf the yips find ways to re-emerge. It happened to Tom Watson at age 59 with a British Open on his putter. Scott has finally reached the pinnacle, and now he'll have to work just as hard to stay up there.
So who's the new Best Player Never To Win A Major?
Dustin Johnson (28)? He's already had some Major snafus, but lots of success and plenty of talent and time to get it straight.
Hunter Mahan (30)? A big time cash-cow, but seems to disappear in the big ones.
But I'm going with Justin Rose (32). Already has a Top 5 finish in each Slam, and seems to be in the mix at almost every one.
But even if these guys break through, do they instantly become elite, or are they one-and-done? Remember how much we liked Mike Weir 10 years ago?