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Game Changers 2014: Adam Scott

The Australian golf pro used the gym to become the world’s top-rated player (and a full-on sex symbol).
Illustration: Sean McCabe

He doesn’t even look like a golfer. Tall and trim, with a penchant for flashy, slim-cut outfits, the Australian superstar’s physique looks a lot more like Russell Westbrook’s than Fred Couples’s. Adam Scott, who took over as the world’s No. 1 ranked golfer in May, is a self-described gym rat, the living embodiment of a new wave of PGA stars who spend just as much time in the weight room as on the driving range. The hard work has paid off. He finally broke through and won his first major last year, when he sunk a 12-foot birdie putt to win a sudden-death playoff at the Masters.

His victory at Augusta, and many female admirers, inspired the Twitter account @AdamScottsBicep. And Scott’s biceps—the result of golfers zeroing in on bulking up—could easily be mistaken for a tight end. That extra strength training has certainly helped him off the tee. Early in his career, he struggled to crack the top 90 in total driving, which measures distance and accuracy. Now he’s routinely in the top 20. So while the 34-year-old Aussie has honed other parts of his game, it’s his strength training that’s played a large role as he rose through the ranks, snagging a coveted green jacket along the way. 

FIT FACT: “I like to go five days a week to the gym,” Scott confessed during a press conference in 2013.


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