While we were sleeping, Anthony Kim replaced Adam Scott as the PGA Tour’s It Guy. Kim, not Scott, is now viewed as the twentysomething most likely to nab multiple majors. Kim, not Scott, is the player lauded for his bulletproof swing.
When Scott won the Byron Nelson Championship this year, holing a long putt to beat Ryan Moore in a playoff, his caddie, Tony Navarro, said it was the perfect way to propel Scott into the U.S. Open.
We know who won there.
Larry Dorman of the New York Times says Scott has been dealing with several off-the-course issues, from injuries to breaking up with his longtime girlfriend. Maybe the PGA Championship can get him straightened out.
"Back in the first quarter of the year, Scott’s prospects were as bright as the shine on the 630i BMW he had just picked up — along with a check for just under $500,000 — for shooting a final-round 61 to win the Qatar Masters in January. Healthy, happy, hitting it great and putting well, Scott seemed to be in the pole position on the fast track toward that other Masters in Augusta, Ga.
Then came April, which the poet T. S. Eliot famously called ‘the cruelest month.’ For Scott, it quickly and unexpectedly devolved into a waste land. Right after shooting a 63 in the first round of the Shell Houston Open the week before the Masters, he began to feel feverish and his throat began to ache. Thinking it was a slight flu, he played the next day and shot 76. Clearly, something was very wrong. He immediately withdrew from the tournament and sought medical help.
‘They shot me with steroids to open the throat back up,’ he said. ‘It was nasty. And that kind of knocked me out for the Masters.’
He went to Augusta and limped to a tie for 25th. It was around this time (Scott is not specific on the date) when he and his companion Marie Kojzar decided to end their relationship. There had been sporadic online rumors of the couple breaking up two years ago, but none accompanied the actual split in April."