An Australian golfer who currently sits at #23 in the World Golf Rankings and who according to an unnamed source, has dropped out of this week’s Shell Houston Open and professional golf completely. Who might this player be?

Adam Scott, that’s who. Per our source, Scott has decided to pursue a professional surfing career in his native country. This comes as a major surprise to the golfing world as Scott who in 2007 took home the title at the Shell Houston Open, which is set to begin tomorrow. The timing of this decision has to be questioned beause of his past victory in this tournament and this being the tournament before all tournaments, the Masters. That’s where I really question Scott’s decision. If you are going to drop out, why not wait until after the Grand Daddy of them all? If it were me, I would wait to see how I finish in the Masters and decided my future based on where I finish. Sure a surfing career seems like a cake job, especially for a guy who has made some pretty nice coin on Tour. But it still comes as a surprise since Scott will turn only 29 on July 16.

Scott’s 2009 season has not had the hot start he would have hoped. He missed the cut at the Transitions Championship, finished T66 at the WGC CA Championship, T33 at the Match Play Championship, and his best finish at T2 at the Sony Open and that was the second tournament of the year and his first. Over the course of his short career, Scott has accomplished a lot, but one can’t help but assume that his best years remain ahead of him.

Of Scott’s 14 professional victories, the most notable came at the 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship, the 2004 Players Championship, the 2004 Booz Allen, the 2005 rain shortened Nissan Open that was won in a playoff, the 2006 Tour Championship, the 2007 Shell Houston Open, and the 2008 EDS Byron Nelson Championship that was also won in a playoff. In majors Scotts best finishes are T9 in the 2002 Masters, T21 in the 2006 US Open, T8 in the 2006 Open Championship, and T3 in the 2006 PGA Championship. 2006 was a big year for Scott with 2 victories (1 in the Tour Championship and the other in the Singapore Open on the Asian Tour) and 2 top 10 finishes in majors.

Check back with us tomorrow for an update on this developing story. Our source close to the situation says more information is coming, but can’t confirm anything beyond what we have already reported. Stay tuned.

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