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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 184
T HERE has been no shortage of numbers and statistics flying around after Adam Scott’s back-to-back PGA Tour victories. And rightly so. Seemingly cured of his terminal putting woes and with Lady Luck back in his corner, the Australian has begun 2016 in the most stunning fashion imaginable. Of course, the true test will come at Augusta in just over a month, but until then the new world No.6 deserves each and every tribute thrown his way. But there’s a statistic that’s slipped by, almost unnoticed, as Scott became the toast of the PGA Tour this past fortnight. It’s a little number with a dollar sign next to it that, along with reaching the world’s No.1 ranking, becoming a major winner and capturing 14 PGA Tour titles, identifies him as one of the game’s greatest ever players. $42.8 MILLION. That’s how much Scott has pocketed in prizemoney alone through his on-course successes since making his tour debut at The Open Championship in 2000. That number comes into sharp focus today because his win at Doral catapulted him past David Toms and Sergio Garcia and into seventh place on the all- time money winners list. And it’s the players ahead of him that prove just how good he’s been. Sometime in the next year, Scott will vault past Davis Love III, a 21-year PGA Tour veteran, whose remarkable longevity has seen him contest 724 events for 21 wins, including the 1997 PGA Championship. Then it’s onto Ernie Els, who has pulled in more than $48 million since debuting on Tour in 1990, and who netted almost $6 million in 2004 alone when he won three times. His most lucrative year on course wasn’t his Masters year in 2013. He earned $4.797 million in 2006, almost $100,000 more than in his breakthrough major campaign. SCOTT STAT
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