For a first occasion in his over 20-year professional career, Adam Scott will compete without a Titleist endorsed cap. Scott arrived at the PGA’s year-opening Tournament of Champions in Kapalua wearing a UNIQLO cap, the giant Japanese founded clothing apparel company founded in 1949 as a textiles manufacturer and now boasting over 1,000 stores around the globe.
The 40-year old Aussie-born Scott, winner of the 2013 Masters along with 30 other events around that globe, will still play with Titleist clubs and balls but he’s no longer a full Titleist ambassador, hence the new sponsorship on his cap. It’s understood he may be in a final year with the giant equipment company before severing ties all together at the end of the 2021 season.
Scott has been with Titleist since turning professional in 2000 and earned his European Tour card mid that year after just a handful of events. He then won a first pro event in 2001 and since then won all around the globe with his career capped in becoming the first Australian to win at Augusta National in defeating Angel Cabrera in a play-off at the Masters in 2013.
He is competing this week in Hawaii for the first time since 2014 and all thanks to last February’s stunning Genesis Open triumph in Santa Monica. Scott and his family of now three children, a second born last year, have been residing at their Crans-Montana chalet in Switzerland over the Christmas period with the Aussie sounding as though he’s pleased to be ‘back at work’ after revealing some stress over Santa’s Christmas gifts.
“It was a lot of family time, but busy with kids at the moment, and I tried to enjoy that as much as I can, but it tested my patience, so that’s me ready for this season, if nothing else,” said Scott. “And I obviously tried to do some work on my game and get myself prepared to come out for the next six or seven months of this season and try and get some results on the board.
“The good thing is Santa redeemed himself this year for our kids because he didn’t deliver the right gift last year. That was very important this year that he brought the right gift and he did that. So that was pleasing for everyone in our household this Christmas. I just think it was some miscommunication somehow. I think Santa just didn’t realise how much that gift was really wanted last year and we’ve got to take the kids word for it from now on.”
And being back in Hawaii, Scott, a very keen surfer having lived for much of his life on the Australian Sunshine Coast, was already eyeing-up going for a surf following his meeting with the media: “I used to surf here on Maui in the past, I’ve surfed a lot here and there is, hopefully, some waves coming this afternoon, so I might go for a quick paddle before the day’s up. Good preparation, I think,” said Scott laughing.
It prompted a question: “Is that why you moved the press conference? ADAM SCOTT: Yeah. (Laughing.) Didn’t get you out of bed too early, did I? No. I thought of that when I moved it earlier. No, yeah, look, if there’s some fun waves to be had, then for sure I’ll go out there. It’s always good getting in the ocean, recharge, and may as well take advantage of it while it’s here.”