Photos: Golfer Adam Scott Through the Years

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From Promising Pro to Major Champion

Adam Scott of Australia in action during the second round of the 2000 British Open on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland
Adam Scott plays at the 2000 British Open, his first appearance in a major. Andrew Redington/Getty Images

This photo gallery follows Australian professional golfer Adam Scott from his earliest years playing professional golf, through triumphs and stumbles, through his chase for his first major championship, over the course of his career. It also includes a famous girlfriend, his relationship with a famous golf instructor, and his use of a long putter.

Click through the photos in order and you'll also be able to read a chronological summary of Scott's career.

Adam Scott was just days past his 20th birthday when he played in his first major championship (above), the 2000 British Open. Scott missed the cut.

He was born in Adelaide, Australia, and spent the second half of his childhood in Sunshine Coast. But in 2000, he was attending college in the United States at UNLV (University of Nevada-Las Vegas). He turned pro in 2000, and in just eight starts on the European Tour earned his membership for the 2001 season.

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Adam Scott's First European Tour Win

Adam Scott 2001 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Adam Scott's first win on the European Tour was the 2001 Alfred Dunhill Championship. Paul Severn / Getty Images

After earning his tour card, Adam Scott was a rookie on the European Tour in 2001. And he earned his very first win as a professional golfer that year at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. The Alfred Dunhill Championship (not to be confused with the Dunhill Links played in Scotland) was played in South Africa, and Scott won it by one stroke over Justin Rose.

Scott finished 13th on the European Tour money list that year, with five Top 10 finishes.

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Adam Scott, Sex Symbol

Adam Scott looks cool on the golf course in 2002
Adam Scott looks cool on the golf course during the 2002 Volvo Scandinavian Masters in Sweden. Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

It wasn't long after Adam Scott's professional golf career started that photographers, broadcasters, media members and others started to notice something: Scott appeared to be very popular with female golf fans.

Hmmm. Wonder why that was. His golf swing? His demeanor in press conferences? Wait, wait, I'll think of it ...

Oh, right: His looks. It was common around this time for Scott to be photographed in ways similar to the image above. And it remained common in the future, too.

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Adam Scott's First PGA Tour Win

Adam Scott wins 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship
Adam Scott's first PGA Tour victory happened at the 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship. Scott Halleran / Getty Images

What was the first tournament Adam Scott won on the US PGA Tour? The 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship, when he was 23 years old. Scott won that tournament by four strokes over runner-up Rocco Mediate.

Scott played 24 tournaments on the European Tour in 2002 (with two victories), and was still playing primarily on the Euro Tour in 2003, with 19 appearances and one win. But that year was also his first playing as many as 10 PGA Tour events (not counting the majors).

By the end of 2003, Scott was a first-time selection for Team International in the Presidents Cup.

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Adam Scott and Butch Harmon

Adam Scott and Butch Harmon
Adam Scott worked with instructor Butch Harmon for most of the early part of his career. Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Adam Scott started working with golf instructor Butch Harmon when Scott was only 19 years old. Their relationship worked well from the start: Harmon was based in Las Vegas, and Scott was on the UNLV golf team.

Harmon was also working with Tiger Woods at that time, and when Scott first started appearing in professional tournaments golf fans and media like noticed how strongly Scott's swing resembled the swing used by Woods at that time. It was an uncanny match.

Scott talked about his start with Harmon in a Q&A with Golf Magazine, saying, "When I started working with Butch, I had just turned 19, and I really didn't know much about the golf swing from a technical side of things. Certainly Butch taught me pretty much everything to know about what to see from the ball flight because that tells you everything and how to go about it from there. What better person to teach you and ground you with information than Butch Harmon?"

Their relationship was a lengthy one, but it did eventually come to an end. When Scott was struggling for a period in 2008-09, he made the decision to stop working with Harmon in 2009. He told Golf Magazine, "I think we kind of needed a break. We were struggling at the time. I was obviously not playing well, and it was a good time for a break. It's not easy traveling in and out of Vegas all the time for me when I wasn't living there. ... But certainly we are great mates."

Scott began working with an Australian golf instructor, Brad Malone, who later also became Scott's brother-in-law.

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Winning the Players Championship

Adam Scott wins 2004 Players Championship
Adam Scott won the 2004 Players Championship, his biggest win prior to the 2013 Masters. A. Messerschmidt / Getty Images

The biggest win of Adam Scott's career before he won the 2013 Masters was this one - the 2004 Players Championship. Scott won it by one stroke over Padraig Harrington. It was the first of his two victories on the USPGA that year; he later won the Booz Allen Classic.

The 2004 season was the first in which Scott played more tournaments on the PGA Tour than the European Tour. While he still played 13 Euro Tour events, Scott played 19 times on the USPGA Tour.

Winning the Players Championship really ginned up expectations for Scott, a player for whom expectations were always high. It was around this time that many golf pundits and fans began wondering, when is he going to win a major? Scott was just 23 years old, but the youngest-ever winner of the Players Championship.

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Winning the 2006 Tour Championship

Adam Scott at 2006 Tour Championship
In 2006, Adam Scott won the PGA Tour's Tour Championship. Hunter Martin / Getty Images

Another big win in the early part of Adam Scott's career was the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in 2006. This victory capped off a good stretch of golf for Scott. In 2005, he entered the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time. He had an unofficial PGA Tour win at the 2005 Nissan Open (unofficial because the tournament was shortened to 36 holes by rain), won the Johnnie Walker Classic in 2005 on the European Tour, and won the Asian Tour's Singapore Open in both 2005 and 2006.

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Adam Scott in 2008

Adam Scott 2008
Golfer Adam Scott at the 2008 HSBC Champions tournament. Andrew Redington / Getty Images

The year 2008 was another strong one for Adam Scott. He won on both the PGA Tour and European Tour (Byron Nelson Championship and Qatar Masters, respectively). However, Scott did start to develop some issues with his putting, which had never been the strongest part of his game to begin with.

Once the 2009 golf season began, Scott's putting problems would begin weighing more heavily on the overall state of his game.

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Rebounding at the 2009 Australian Open

Adam Scott wins 2009 Australian Open
In 2009, not long after the Presidents Cup, Adam Scott won the Australian Open. Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

Adam Scott failed to win on either the PGA Tour or European Tour in 2009, as his game took a slide. Scott dropped in the world rankings, and for part of the year he even struggled to make cuts. He went through one stretch in which he missed six straight PGA Tour cuts, and 10 of 15.

But in an effort to restore Scott's confidence, Greg Norman - captain of Team International - selected Scott to play in the 2009 Presidents Cup. On the merits, it's arguable whether Scott deserved the pick. But Norman said he did it to help restore Scott's faith in himself.

And mabye it worked: At the end of the year, Scott finally won again at the Australian Open. But this was also the year that Scott left instructor Butch Harmon and began working instead with Brad Malone, and Scott credited that change of pace with his improved play near the end of the year.

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Adam Scott and Ana Ivanovic

Adam Scott of the International Team and his partner, Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic attend the Opening Ceremony prior to the start of the 2011 Presidents Cup
Adam Scott dated tennis star Ana Ivanovic for several years. Here, they arrive at the 2011 Presidents Cup opening ceremonies. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Adam Scott was long considered one of golf's most eligible bachelors. But tennis star Ana Ivanovic, at one time the No. 1-ranked player in women's tennis, began dating Scott in 2010 after they met in 2009. The two had an on-again-off-again relationship that lasted several years. During one of their "breaks," however, Scott was also briefly linked to actress Kate Hudson.

Ivanovic and Scott eventually broke up for good in the early part of 2013, prior to the Australian Open tennis tournament. But during their years together, Scott could often be seen in the stands watching Ivanovic at tennis tournaments, and Ivanovic attended multiple of Scott's golf tournaments. Including the 2011 Presidents Cup, which is where the above photo was taken.

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When Did Adam Scott Begin Using a Long Putter?

Adam Scott of Australia with a long putter during the pro-am event prior to the start of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club on November 2, 2011
Adam Scott began using a long putter in 2011. Above, he putts during the 2011 HSBC Champions tournament in China. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The strength of Adam Scott's golf game was always tee-to-green. Putting was sometimes problematic, moreso beginning around 2008, into 2009, and, especially, during 2010. Scott was still using a conventional putter in 2010, but he was putting very poorly with it. While he managed to put together some good weeks - he won the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open and the European Tour Singapore Open - overall, his putting was a problem. On the PGA Tour in 2010, Scott ranked 186th in strokes gained putting, and was particularly weak from short range.

It was instructor Brad Malone, with whom Scott began working after leaving Butch Harmon, who suggested Scott give the long putter a try. In February 2011, Malone told Scott, " 'You should have a go'," Scott said, "because he thought it would do good things for my rhythm and short stroke. The rhythm with the long putter is very nice, and that's something I was fighting in my putting with the short putter."

Scott first used the long putter in a tournament at the 2011 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. In August of 2011, Scott won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, his first win with the long putter.

Scott used an anchored putter thereafter, only occasionally reverting to a conventional putter ... until the ban on anchoring went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and he had to give up anchoring.

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Adam Scott's Near-Miss at the 2012 British Open

Adam Scott misses at the 2012 British Open
Adam Scott has that sinking feeling after missing a par putt on the final hole at the 2012 British Open. Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

By 2012, Adam Scott had left his 20s and was now 32. He was still viewed as a player of great abilities, but also as a golfer who not yet lived up to his potential to win a major. Scott had a very good career to this point - eight PGA Tour wins, eight European Tour wins - but was still without a major.

And you know what that means: He was often the first or second player mentioned when talk by golf fans and media turned to those "best players without a major."

The 2012 British Open was played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and it appeared for much of the tournament that's where Scott's first major title would happen. Scott took a lead into the final round, and led comfortably much of the final day - four or five strokes.

But then he went the final four holes unable to make key putts, and he bogied all four of the closing holes. Four straight bogeys. And instead of winning, he fell to second place, behind Ernie Els. Scott's first major victory would have to wait.

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Adam Scott's First Win In a Major Championship

Adam Scott at the 2013 Masters (with Steve Williams)
Adam Scott (and behind him, caddie Steve Williams) exult after Scott's winning putt in the 2013 Masters playoff. Andrew Redington / Getty Images

We noted on the previous page that Adam Scott's quest to win his first major would have to wait after his collapse at the 2012 British Open.

But it didn't wait long. The 2013 Masters was the next major played, and this time Scott won it. He didn't get nervy down the stretch, he didn't miss key putts. Instead, he played great down the stretch, and sank big putts.

One of those putts was a 20-foot birdie on the 72nd hole, a putt that gave Scott a 1-stroke lead in the clubhouse. But Angel Cabrera birdied the final hole, too, forcing a playoff. They both had pars on the first extra hole, but then Scott rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole.

The result? You can see the result in the photo above. Scott's first win in a major - and also the first win by an Australian at The Masters.