Here are two types of people in golf: those who have a crush on Adam Scott and those who want to be him — at least for one MTV Spring Break Cancun trip. Scott, 25, is ranked seventh in the world at the moment, and what is, like, waaaaaaaay cooler, is that he'sgolf's reigning matinee idol. From appearing on Esquire's best-dressed list to being the headlining hunk on Internet message boards where young girls declare their undying love for him, Scott, like Tiger before him, is ushering new fans to the game, albeit ones with Britney Spears CDs and freshly minted driver's permits.
Beyond his pin-up appeal, Scott's been coming into his game this year. He shot a 6-under 65 to win the Singapore Open in September, notched a victory at the Nissan Open and tied for second at the Booz Allen Classic. Scott's now making a play for consistency and hoping the result will be a few majors in his tailored Burberry pockets. Plus he's 13th on the money list, so now — as if the looks, youth and talent trifecta isn't enough — he also can pay cash for the entire block you live on.
Alison Whitaker, the Australian girl who made the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur this summer, said she wanted to meet you. Have you heard from her?
No, I don't know who she is. I just knew an Australian made it a long ways in the tournament.
Another broken heart. Do you still have a steady girlfriend?
Yeah, Marie Kojzar. We've been together four years, a record for me. She's an interior designer, a year younger than me, 23. No, she's 24. I forgot I was 25. I'm getting old.
Are you comfortable with all the attention you receive from your female admirers?
It takes you off guard a little bit. (Pause.) I'm a little uncomfortable, probably because I don't expect it at all. I expect people to be watching golf. But it's cool. I think it's a good thing for golf to see young, good-looking guys out there. There are a bunch of us and it's good for the game, making it cool, sexy — it should be encouraged.