ADAM Scott's former Sunshine Coast mentor has backed the Australian golf star to bounce back from his British Open meltdown.
Scott had one hand on the Claret Jug yesterday morning before blowing a four-stroke lead with four holes to play, opening the door for eventual champion Ernie Els.
Headland Golf Club professional John Victorsen said he was "absolutely devastated" for the club's former junior but was prepared to tip him to one day win a major.
Scott spent about 12 months on the Coast in his early teens, attending Matthew Flinders Anglican College and playing out of Headland while his father helped establish Twin Waters Golf Club before moving to the Gold Coast.
While Victorsen said he had a brief brush with Scott and a very small impact on his development, he still followed his career with great enthusiasm.
Victorsen did not mince his words when it came to Scott's Open performance - saying such leads only come along once in a lifetime.
However, he said Scott had the talent to break Australia's six-year major drought.
"We can only hope he does (win a major)," Victorsen told The Daily yesterday.
"But you don't get to be up by four shots with four to go in the British Open very often. That might come back to bite him. He didn't take it. It was a golden chance.
"But I'm prepared to say he will win one."
Victorsen said he remembered Scott as a likeable and polite young man and that not much had changed.
He said he still tried to keep in touch with him, but mainly communicated with him through his parents.
"He's a lovely young fella," he said.
"He still retains relationships with some people on the Coast.
"A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to get tickets to Augusta and we needed one more ticket. We managed to get in touch with him and he said 'yep, no worries, here's an extra ticket'.
"He hasn't forgotten where he's come from and the people that have helped him."
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