It wasn’t quite the knee-bending, fist-pumping image from the 18th green at Augusta National earlier this year that reduced many Australians to tears.
But Queenslander Adam Scott was touched by the strong show of support from fans and fellow golfers to the PGA’s “Wear Green For Adam Scott Day” at RACV Royal Pines on Friday for the second round of the Australian PGA Championship which proved a great success.
Fans, young and old, turned up for the occasion decked out in bright green hats, shirts, pants and shoes, many had their faces and arms painted.
One of Scott’s playing partners (Richard Green) was simply green by name but tweeted after his round that he’d worn green “jocks” for the special occasion.
After shooting a modest 67, Scott obliged excited fans lined up for 100 metres, signing autographs for them on shirts and hats and even a pin flag from Augusta that made one man extremely happy.
“It was nice to see everyone out there, so many people in green today,” said Scott afterwards.
“It was nice the PGA wanted to make today a green day and that everyone embraced it, even the players, which was really special to me to think my peers would do that.
“It was so nice to see that they enjoyed seeing an Aussie win the Masters.”
The massive green gallery lining the fairways was roaring early.
Scott gave them hope of a special round on his special day after rolling in an early birdie and nailing an eagle three at the 570m par five third hole to jump into the outright lead.
The low round everyone had been wishing, however it failed to eventuate.
Scott could only extract one birdie from his next 15 holes.
He admitted to thinking after his quick birdie-eagle start he could shoot low.
“The course was there for the taking at that point,” said the 33 year-old.
“But we were playing some pretty tough holes in between the ones I feel I can take advantage of and with the greens this firm you can make mistakes.
“I kind of tempered myself a little bit and kind of thought I shouldn’t push it too much and put myself behind the eight ball.”
At the end of a surprisingly lackluster day’s scoring as the wind picked up throughout the afternoon, Scott was still on top of the leaderboard on -10 – two shots ahead of Victorian battler David McKenzie (-8) and Fowler (-7) who fired a disappointing 72 after such a promising start.
Later finishers Gareth Paddison (-7) from New Zealand and NSW professional Nathan Green (-7) both put themselves in contention finishing three shots behind Scott.
Fowler said he would stay patient on Saturday and try and post a solid round to keep him in contention for Sunday.
“I can see him (Scott) making too many mistakes so I will have to make a few more birdies than him over the weekend,” said the American.
“A solid round tomorrow (Saturday) will be the key to being in a good position to win.”
Reporter: Wayne Heming