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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 184
If Scott’s body and mind remain healthy, eclipsing fourth-placed Jim Furyk’s $65.5 million and Vijay Singh’s $69.6 million is a distinct possibility. The Australian does have 11 and 18 years on them respectively. Only Phil Mickelson ($79 million) and Tiger Woods ($110 million) will likely remain out of reach, though clearly that’s no blight on Scott’s record. Of course, Scott’s astronomical earnings are as much a mark of just how much prizemoney is on offer as a result of the Woods era as they are evidence of his prodigious talent. But they also hint at Scott’s remarkable consistency over his 17-year PGA Tour career. You don’t amass those kind of earnings by producing a couple of flashes in the pan. Until his Masters success in 2013 it was easy to paint Scott as a talented but flawed genius. But a study of Scott’s year-on-year performance shines some light on just how good he’s been. The 35-year-old ticked over his 251st PGA Tour event in claiming the WGC-Cadillac Championship title at Doral this week. Of those 251 events, he’s finished in the top 10 an incredible 76 times – more than once for every four times he steps out on course. Top 25 finishes come at almost 50 per cent of the events he contests, and he’s raked in big-time dollars from the 34 top three results he’s amassed over the past 16 years. That’s a top three finish more than 13 per cent of the time he turns up. You’d take that. The beauty of the deep prizemoney pool for players in the modern game is that many can be ultra-selective in picking and choosing their schedule. While Toms regularly played more than 25 PGA Tour events each season throughout his career and topped 30 five times, only once has Scott ever contested 20. “IT'S FINDING THAT BALANCE THE NEXT MONTH FOR ME THAT'S GOING TO BE REALLY IMPORTANT, BUT OBVIOUSLY THE CONFIDENCE IS GOING TO BE HIGH RIGHT NOW. ” 100% PERFECTION NOW SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA www.perfectsocks.co.nz NZ’S PERFECT MERINO & CASHMERE GOLFING SOCK. FOR HIM FOR HER Arch Support Extra fine toe seam Cushioned sole Reinforced toe Reinforced heal Perfect Socks are the ultimate in comfort and softness. Only once since 2003 has Scott earned less than $1 million in a season (his disastrous 2009 campaign in which he missed the cut 10 times in 19 events and pocketed only $783,138). SCOTT STAT
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