More to come from Great Scott, says golf mentor
EVEN after Adam Scott's notorious British Open meltdown, Headland Golf Club professional John Victorsen's faith in his former protege's ability to break Australia's Masters drought never wavered.
While a chorus of Australians yesterday sang Scott's praises following his breakthrough victory at Augusta, Victorsen's voice was among the most spirited.
The win meant that little bit extra for Victorsen who watched Scott evolve from a promising youngster at Headland to world beater.
Victorsen was at Augusta for the first two days of the Masters last week and said he sensed Scott was about to produce something special.
"I went over there with my brother Mark and the pro from Bargara, Phil Curd. We walked into Augusta on Monday and wouldn't you know, the first person we saw was Adam Scott," Victorsen told The Daily.
"I yelled out 'hey Adam, it's John Victorsen from Australia'. He said 'hey Victo, good to see you'.
"He was happy to have a talk and he said he was in good form and we spent a fair bit of time on the course and you could tell he was hitting it equally good as anyone else. He was just hitting it cleanly. You could just tell he was in rare form."
Scott spent three years on the Sunshine Coast as a child while his father Phil helped establish Twin Waters Golf Club before moving to the Gold Coast.
In that time he played out of Headland and Twin Waters.
When Scott blew a four-stroke lead with four holes to play at last year's British Open, some questioned whether he would ever have a better opportunity to win a major.
However, he yesterday showed nerves of steel to see off Argentina's Angel Cabrera in a playoff and claim Australia's first Masters crown.
After his British Open capitulation, Victorsen publicly backed Scott to bounce back but even he was in awe of the 32-year-old's composure yesterday.
"As a golfer, he has really grown up," Victorsen said.
"To do what he did, with Cabrera doing what he did, to keep his composure, it showed he has not only matured as a golfer, but as a competitor as well.
"If he did not learn from what happened at the British Open last year, it would have been sad. But he has learned.
"He made 25 million Australians very proud. Chances like that don't come along very often and he took it."
As a youngster, Scott was inspired after skipping school to watch Greg Norman's 1996 Masters capitulation.
Victorsen said he believed Scott's victory would motivate a generation of youngsters.
"This could start the re-emergence of an era similar to what we had when Norman was a major champion," Victorsen said.
"He's marketable, he's a Queenslander, he's tall, he's good looking. This could be the start of something really big."