On Sunday night, Adam Scott made history as the very first Australian to ever win a green jacket as the Masters Tournament champion.
Like any instant national hero, of course, Scott had a role model. Like every Aussie golfer growing up in the ’90s, that idol was the one and only Greg Norman. Finally, after sinking a putt on the second extra hole to beat Angel Cabrera of Argentina, Scott surpassed the greatest golfer his nation has ever seen.
But in no way was Norman jealous — instead, the legendary Aussie was just plain nervous.
Norman so nervous he went to the gym at the turn. “Now I know how everyone felt watching me.” Said he had a tear in his eye when Adam won.
— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) April 15, 2013
Golf may not be your favorite sport, but moments like these transcend the game, as well as national boundaries.
After his playing career wound down, Norman did not have to pay attention. He did not have to be the face of a game for an entire generation of players.
But he took that pressure upon himself.
He did not take his good name and go into hiding, but rather allowed the game of golf to grow and blossom in his home country. He wanted Australians to surpass him, to best his tournament marks and results. He wanted one of his countrymen to win the Masters. He just had no idea how nervous he would feel while watching it all go down.
In that regard, he was joined by an entire nation.
But Scott never let his own nerves get to him, and for the young champion’s part, well, it’s just about time for a beer.
Adam Scott on seeing Greg Norman: “A phone conversation isn’t going to do it. We’re pretty close. We’ll have to share a beer over this one.”
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) April 15, 2013
Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall for that conversation?