Adam Scott must not be much of a Nelly fan. (Really, who is?) When he does something, no one can say, "It must be the money."
In an interview with fellow Aussie Luke Elvy, the reigning Masters champion said he continues to come to his native country to play golf during the PGA Tour's erstwhile off-season because it makes sense for him to eschew big appearance-fee money in Asia to come home.
"I could have made lots more money playing in Asia, but I really want to play in Australia,” Scott said. “One of the insights into why I’ve done well recently is because I’ve taken money out of every decision I make. I’m back playing for the love of the game.”
Scott has made plenty of money competing in Asia this time of year. In particular, Scott has cleaned up at the Singapore Open, which he has won three times. The Singapore Open will not be played this year after Barclays pulled its name as title sponsor.
In recent years, however, Scott has cut back on when and where he plays to give himself the best chance he can to win on the game's biggest stages. Before coming through in the Masters playoff against Angel Cabrera, he had a four-shot lead with four holes to play in the 2012 Open Championship. He ceded that lead to friend Ernie Els, but learned the lessons to win the Green Jacket.
The first Aussie to win the Masters also said his personal life has played a big role in him playing the best golf of his career.
”Everything away from the course has an influence on how I’ve been playing,” Scott admitted, alluding in part to Swedish girlfriend Marie Kojzar. “I’m in a really good place and that’s part of it.”