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Adam Scott's Photo Finish

If a golfer’s season can be captured in a single photograph, Adam Scott’s story is told in a sublime image snapped not long after his scintillating playoff victory against Ángel Cabrera at The Masters. The picture of Scott is taken from behind as he stands in the rain, wearing his new green jacket, posing for a cluster of photographers crouched and huddled in front of him. Framed by two green-and-white umbrellas and silhouetted by a perfectly timed flash in front of him, Scott has spread his arms wide as if he’s trying to hug the world.
And why not? This year, Scott has grown into the golfer he was imagined to be a decade ago. He has done it gracefully, as he seems to do almost everything. His career has steadily arced upward until now Scott finds himself with Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson at the top of the game. Scott’s ascendance is made more impressive by the fact that 16 months ago, he was sent to his knees at Royal Lytham when his par putt missed on the 72nd hole, giving the Open Championship title to his friend Ernie Els. Scott closed with four straight bogeys to lose the Claret Jug and when his tying putt missed on the final green, Scott looked away from the hole and into the distance for an extended moment.


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