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Adam Scott; at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course
, 2006

by Robin Sellick

type C photograph (frame: 122.5 cm x 107.0 cm, image: 117.0 cm x 100.0 cm)

Adam Scott (b. 1980), for a time the world’s number-one golfer, won his first European title in 2001, his first full year as a professional. Adelaide-born and educated in Queensland, Scott had been urged to try his luck on the European tour by his hero Greg Norman, as well as his coach Butch Harmon. After two further European titles in 2002 he turned to the lucrative US PGA tour, where he scored his first tournament victory in 2003. In 2004 he won the Players Championship, golf’s so-called ‘fifth major’. In 2005 he reached golf’s top ten for the first time; and by January 2007, having finished equal third in the 2006 US PGA Championship, he was ranked number three in the world. Over the next several years, Scott notched up numerous wins in international tournaments including the Qatar Masters (2008), Australian Open (2009), Singapore Open (2010) and the Australian PGA Championship (2013); and was runner-up in the British Open of 2012. Having finished inside the tournament top ten two years running, in April 2013 Scott triumphed at the US Masters, becoming the first Australian to win the title. Between May and August 2014, he was the world’s number one ranked male golfer, the seventeenth player and the second Australian to hold such a title. Having slipped somewhat, in March 2016 he returned to rank sixth in the world after extraordinary back-to-back PGA victories in Florida. Scott is a regular model for the giant Japanese fashion store Uniqlo.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2006
Accession number: 2006.27