Scott ends years of pain for Australian golf at Masters

    Adam Scott of Australia celebrates after he sinks a birdie putt

    Story highlights

    • The 32-year-old self-effacing golf champion has become a national hero in Australia
    • Born in Adelaide in 1980, Scott showed early promise as a professional golfer
    • His father, also a golf professional, perfected his easy and straightforward swing
    • Scott's victory is seen as avenging Australian golfing great Greg Norman's defeat in 1996
    Adam Scott -- the lanky, easy-going 32-year-old golfer who made history by becoming the first Australian to win the U.S. Masters -- not only has to contend with national hero status at home but also the role of golf's latest sex symbol.
    Jessica Korda, a member of the LPGA tour who won last year's Women's Australian Open, tweeted: "Adam Scott!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A million girls just fell in love."
    It's not the first time the 6-foot (182cm), 180-pound (81kg) Australian has provoked a Beatlemaniac response on the course
    In 2005, during the Players Championship in Florida, Scott struggled to ignore teenage girls yelling their phone numbers at him as he concentrated on his game.
    "They looked a little too young to be giving me their phone numbers," the self-effacing golfer reportedly told a Florida newspaper at the time.
    Born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1980, Scott showed early promise as a golfer growing up in Australia's tropical state of Queensland -- a favored golfing destination in Australia.
    His father, Phil, said he remembers his son hitting a golf ball around a par-three golf course at the age of four.