Wherever Scott goes, so goes green jacket

Adam Scott celebrates a birdie putt at No. 18 during the final round of the Masters.

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In case you were wondering, Adam Scott brought his Masters green jacket with him to Atlanta for this week’s Tour Championship.

“It comes pretty much everywhere,” he said. “I wear it in my hotel room all the time just by myself.”

Who can blame him? If the jacket is the symbol of Scott’s triumph, the photo of his birdie putt on the 18th green in regulation to take the lead with his fists clenched, his mouth open wide as he screamed, “C’mon, Aussie,” has become another treasured possession. It captured a moment when Scott let his raw emotions pour to the surface. All those years of hard work, the disappointment of letting the 2012 Open Championship slip away only stoked his fire. Scott’s pure jubilation is frozen in time for posterity. But that’s not the reason Scott fancies the photo.

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In the background is fellow Aussie Marc Leishman, who would finish T-4, pumping his right fist in celebration, an unabashed cheerleader for Scott. Leishman’s gesture represented the thoughts and prayers of an entire nation that rooted for an Aussie to win the Masters for the first after so many close calls. When several of the Australian caddies sent Scott the picture, it struck a chord.

“I was blown away. I immediately texted Marc after that because that’s one of my favorite things of the whole experience,” Scott said. “What a top bloke he is for that kind of reaction. Thirty or 40 minutes before, he had just as good a chance to win the Masters, and then you’re standing on the 18th green and to have the character to stand there and be happy for someone else is – just says a lot about Marc, for sure.”

Scott added another victory at The Barclays in late August and enters this week third in the FedEx Cup. He will attempt to put a bow on his season this week at East Lake Golf Club, knowing there is still much at stake, including the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup and possibly more.

“Two trophies here this week and also potentially throwing my name in a Player of the Year debate,” Scott said. “I really need to win to even throw my name in the hat there. Then it could be possible.”

Who will earn Scott’s vote for Player of the Year? He pondered the question for a moment and answered that if Phil Mickelson were to win the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup this week, it would be hard not to vote for the Open Championship winner. “I think it’s a pretty strong case to say Phil,” Scott said. “But if you feel like five wins is more impressive, you can put Tiger. I don’t really know.”

Ask him instead to pinpoint the best moment since the Masters and Scott doesn’t hesitate. It’s seeing eyes light up and smiles spread wide at the sight of the green jacket.

“(They) just can’t believe that’s actually the green jacket,” he said. “It’s the most fun for me.”

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