"It wasn't to be. That's golf, isn't it?" ~Adam Scott
That's what Adam Scott said after blowing a four shot lead on the back nine of the final round at last week's British Open. As tough as it was to watch, it is refreshing to see Scott handle the victory with class, and to see that the media is applauding such behavior.
"Greg (Norman) was my hero when I was a kid, and I thought he was a great role model, how he handled himself in victory and defeat."
"He set a good example for us. It's tough. You don't want to sit here and have to ... I can't justify anything that I've done out there. I didn't finish the tournament well today. But next time ... I'm sure there will be a next time, and I can do a better job of it." ~Adam Scott
There are dozens of articles applauding Scott's post round behavior and comments. Golf is a game of honor and it is nice to see. Certain "other" players often snub the media or respond with snide remarks following hard defeats. Scott's behavior should be a good example for up and coming players, both professional an amateur.
Some are writing off Adam Scott, saying that was his final chance at a major win. Not so fast. He is only 32 and should have many more opportunities in major championships. Don't forget that he held the lead in the Masters before Charl Schwartzel rattled off four consecutive birdies to win back in 2011. Scott's game has improved with the help of Butch Harmon, the long putter, and having an experienced and major winning caddie.