Scott's marriage news typifies the man

BY Bruce Young | 10 May 2014

The previously well guarded news today that Adam Scott had married his girlfriend, Marie Kojzar, in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas soon after the Masters in April, highlights the reason the Australian public are warming more and more to the 33 year old Queenslander.

Despite his significant profile as Australia’s most successful sportsman in recent times, Scott deliberately keeps things very low key and his understated manner sits comfortably with the Australian public.

Scott’s class, brilliance and achievements bring universal admiration and exposure but he never appears as being one to milk it but rather he accepts it as part of being a high profile sportsman.

Scott tends to let his clubs do the talking, whether they perform well or badly. Most weeks when he does play these days they perform well although few will forget the manner in which he handled his most gut wrenching defeat at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 when he bogeyed his final four holes to lose the Open Championship by a shot to Ernie Els.

Rather than make excuses, Scott copped it on the chin and moved forward, ensuring the next time he got into that position he would learn from the mistakes he made over that stretch of holes.

Many of mainstream media in Australia were scathing of his defeat, casting him as a man not capable of handling the heat of the battle. Those who wrote those things come and go and are now probably fine weather friends who run after him when he does well.

Those with a greater understanding of how tournament golf works recognised that he would build on that bitter experience and be better for it the next time. He was.

Scott kept low, not responding to some of the barbs he copped and answered in the best way possible with such a significant breakthrough win two majors later.

This week he almost inexplicably recorded an opening round of 77 when chasing the top 16 he needs to take over the number one position in the game from Tiger Woods.

Almost unfazed, he bounced back with a second round of 67 to just make the cut, leaving the door open for a weekend charge that could still see him in contention for the title and very much in with a chance to claim the world number one standing.

Having spent time in a number of press conferences with Adam Scott in recent years, one gets the feeling that even if he does get to number one this week he will handle it in the manner which we have become used to. Measured, humble and proud of what he has achieved but forever respectful of those around him.

Both sides of his now marriage to Marie Kojzar must be congratulated. Both appear happier away from the glare of the paparazzi and the limelight and good luck to them for that.

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    About the Author: Bruce Young

    A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of the game comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.


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