Aug
14
2009
The Real Reason Adam Scott Sucks Right Now
By Stephanie Wei under General

Adam Scott played terribly. Again. When it seemed like it couldn’t get any worse, Scott shot 82 in the first round of the PGA Championship. Yeah, 82! He even birdied the 18th hole. Last week, he opened with a 78 at the WGC-Bridgestone.

It’s been the same story this year. Only last June at the US Open, he was the world’s number three ranked player. Now he’s dropped to 44th. He’s missed 8 cuts and you can make that 9 after today — unless he shoots, like, 59.

We’ve all been wondering what has happened to the player who was formerly dubbed one of the Tour’s rising stars. Several possibilities have been considered. Injuries. Break-up with long-term girlfriend last year (a la Sergio). More girls. Swing changes. Bad putting.

Here’s the real one: Kate Hudson.

Let’s start with Owen Wilson. After their six-month relationship (which ended her marriage to Chris Robinson), Hudson started dating Dax Shepard. Wilson was devastated – so badly that he cut his wrists. Love makes you do crazy things sometimes. Poor Dax seems to have vanished off the face of the earth after his Hudson tryst. And then, she was briefly linked to Lance Armstrong…who went on to lose the Tour de France this year.

In January, it was reported she was dating Scott when the two were spotted frolicking on the beach in Hawaii. She joined him in Kapalua while he was playing in the Mercedes Championship. He played decently, finishing T18. Things must have really spiced up with Hudson, though. The following week, he placed second at the Sony Open. But that was the last time we’d see him in contention. He didn’t compete again until March when his not-so-gradual decline began. After two mediocre tournaments, he jumped on the MC train with six in a row.

Not surprisingly, his disastrous turn comes just as Hudson started seeing New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, who was subsequently outed as a performance enhancing drug user, then sidelined through May with a hip injury.

So you see, Scott had no chance.

UPDATE: Scott shot 79 in the second round, finishing only ahead of 5 club professionals. Yeah. Now it’s rumored him and swing coach Butch Harmon are taking a “break.” Perhaps he should schedule a few sessions with Dr. Phil, too.