Scott: Woods will break Nicklaus' majors record

Adam Scott wears the green jacket after his 2013 Masters win in a playoff.
Adam Scott wears the green jacket after his 2013 Masters win in a playoff. ( Associated Press )

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Even as the first Australian to earn the green jacket for his homeland, Adam Scott can't help but look around at the competition he put in his rear-view mirror Sunday.

During a Wednesday interview with "CBS This Morning," Scott – who at age 32 stands 17 major championships behind Jack Nicklaus – says Tiger Woods, who has won 14 majors, will be the one to break Nicklaus' record.

"I absolutely believe he will," Scott said. "I have learned in my career, and I have played through his prime the whole time, which has been hard because he was so dominant, but I never doubt what he is capable of on a golf course. He's just proven us all wrong so many times if you doubt him, and he'll find a way to do it, for sure. I believe that.

". . . I don't know if I'll get to 18, but I would love to get another one some time." [Click here to watch the interview with Scott.]

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Asked about being perhaps the world's most eligible bachelor, he also divulged another statement that will open some eyes, even if not in a historical context: He's involved and happy with a girlfriend named Marie.

"I am not single at all," he said. "I am very much in a relationship and very happy at the moment."

That remark should serve to nip another media report about Scott in the bud: that he was being pursued to appear on the reality-TV show "The Bachelor."

ABC producer Robert Mills had posted Sunday on his Twitter account, @Millsy11374: "So......Adam Scott as the next #Bachelor?? What say you, #Bachelornation?" He followed up with: "The Adam Scott as #Bachelor idea has exploded. Will try and meet. And Ryan Lochte-this is what it means to have interest in you as #Bachelor" – seemingly also targeting another athlete in pro swimmer Lochte.

Bachelor host Chris Harrison had posted earlier on his account, @chrisbharrison: "#Bachelornation has so many Aussie fans the least we can do is give you a green jacket. Hey Australia what size are you? #Masters" – and a few more posts led to another by Mills that golf fans surely could understand: "I love how supportive @chrisbharrison is of the Adam Scott as #Bachelor idea. We know why he's doing it-he wants to play 18 holes at Augusta" – of course if that's true, Harrison wouldn't be the first to angle for such a reward.

For what it's worth, E! reported that a source at ABC said the show would "definitely" attempt to discuss Scott filling the role of bachelor – but that he wouldn't be the only one.