Last season, Scott was sporting his own high-profile arm candy, tennis pro Ana Ivanovic. Also last season, Scott opened the British Open by tying the course record at famed Royal Lytham and St. Annes, but failed to seal the deal when he bogeyed each of the last four holes to lose the tournament by one stroke in one of the most infamous collapses in golf history.
Fast forward to 2013. In January, Scott and Ivanovic broke up, reportedly their world-hopping careers making it too impossible to stay connected at a WAG-worthy level. So Scott headed to Augusta a bachelor — and left a champion.
He was rolling along in Round 2, as well, until a near-perfect approach on 15 was too near-perfect: The ball hit the stick and caromed into the water, Tiger took a drop, and Dropgate was born.
To the chagrin of some, Tiger was not DQ’d, but rather allowed to play on but with a two-stroke penalty. While Old Tiger may have laughed in the face of such circumstance, world-famous-WAG-toting Tiger never recovered. Lindsey remained by her man’s side, but Old Mo’ had clearly moved out, and took up residence Down Under.
But by the time the lights went out in Georgia on Sunday, Johnson was an afterthought, shooting a final-round 70 after disastrous middle rounds to finish the tournament tied for 13th at 1-under par — with Gretzky by his side.
You would think that perhaps Gretzky would be immune to bad WAG karma, what with a Hall of Fame dad, and all. But Paulina is also a second-generation WAG, and perhaps her mom, Janet Jones Gretzky, being both an actress and Playboy model overpowers The Great One’s neutralizing powers.
Note: We can’t show you anything in Playboy, but here’s the trailer to Janet’s defining moment as an actress. (Remember Mitch Gaylord?):
Exhibit C: Wozilroy
Alas, the golfer-WAG couple so powerful, it gets its own cutesy singular combo name, straight out of Hollywood. But there has been nothing cute about Rory’s game in 2013.
Rory thought this was cute on Wednesday. Probably not so much come Sunday. David J. Phillip/AP Images
The newest Nike star has had his struggles this year, finishing out of the top 25 more often (three times) than in it (two), withdrawing from the Honda Classic and enduring a firestorm of criticism for the move, losing his World No. 1 ranking to Tiger Woods, and at Augusta, finishing tied for 25th despite a closing 69, thanks in large part to a whopping 79 on Saturday.
Now, we know what you’re saying. Rory was a world-beater in 2012, and he has been dating Wozniacki since 2011. This is true — to a degree. Heck, Rory even won the PGA Championship last season, we’ll give you that. But was the win a sign of work-life balance, or more blind squirrel-nut luck?
McIlroy confirmed he was dating Wozniacki in August 2011. Here’s a look at his performance in majors since then:
• 2011 PGA Championship: T-64
• 2012 Masters: T-40
• 2012 US Open: Missed the cut
• 2012 British Open: T-60
• 2012 PGA Championship: Won
• 2013 Masters: T-25
Gotta imagine that resume doesn’t exactly leave Jack Nicklaus shaking in his boots when it comes to retaining his record of 18 majors.
So while we make it no secret — WE ARE NOT A DATING SERVICE AND WE OFFER NO DATING ADVICE — if Johnson finds himself standing over a gimme to take down his first major and gazes over at Paulina, gets a wink, and then yips away the tournament, well, Adam Scott made his big putts at Augusta on Sunday.