Adam Scott’s victory in the 2013 Masters caused a celebration in his native country of Australia that reverberated in various clubs around North Texas.
There are a handful of Australian head golf professionals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and they watched with pride as Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters.
“I wasn’t too sure if an Australian was ever going to win, to be honest with you,” said Mark Harrison, executive director of the Northern Texas PGA. Scott attended the same high school that Harrison did in Queensland, Australia. “We’ve been close so many times. It’s a big day for our country. This helps erase a ton of painful memories with Greg Norman coming so close.”
Scott defeated Angel Cabrera, the 2009 Masters winner, on the second playoff hole with a birdie at No. 10 on Sunday. It was Scott’s first major championship.
“I could not be more elated,” Royal Oaks Country Club head golf professional Dean Larsson said. “I’m super excited about it. I got to play golf with Adam here in Dallas and have a few beers and you really couldn’t say enough nice things about Adam and what a nice down-to-earth guy he is. So in the limited time I’ve had with him, it makes it that much sweeter.”
Larsson has won 15 NTPGA majors and has played in the HP Byron Nelson Championship (an event Scott has won) twice.
“My phone was blowing up from friends in Australia who were up early watching,” Larsson said. “This will do a lot for Australian golf and there will be a lot of juniors fired up about Adam winning.”
Harrison said he was certain there was a large drop in work productivity on Monday in Australia. It was around 9 a.m. when the Masters ended.
“When I was growing up, you’d turn up the TV and watch the second nine and you’d be late to school that morning,” Harrison said. “They revere their sportsman down there. He’s going to be right up there with Greg Norman. It was nice of him to mention Greg after the round.
“We all take pride in this. It’s great to see him win it.”
Cameron McCormick, who counts Dallas' Jordan Spieth among his students, was thrilled to see Scott put on that green jacket.
"He's been playing well for a long time," said McCormick, from Melbourne, and the director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club. "Last year was a hurdle he had to get over with the British Open (bogeys on each of the final four holes as Ernie Els won). He's done that. He's been playing steady golf in the major championships for over a year now. This was coming. It's a proud moment."