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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ELIGIBLE BACHELOR, OR NOT?
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.