Adam Scott has long been considered an ICON of the game, both for this smooth, powerful swing, rugged good looks and abundant talent. Almost as soon as he turned professional in 2001, Adam unveiled his talent to the world when the sweet swinging Australian burst onto the scenes and won the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship in his first year as a professional golfer. This would prove to be a sign of things to come for the international star as he amassed dozens of professional wins on Tour’s around the globe and ascended to become a top 10 ranked player in the world. Off the course, Adam’s interests include all sports, although his passion for golf is only matched by his passion for surfing. He is also in constant demand as a model, having graced magazine covers in virtually every market. Adam is also dedicated to giving back to the game as the head of the Adam Scott Foundation, which supports young people in Australia and Asia.
In many ways, including his lifetime dedication to the FootJoy brand, Adam Scott is truly an ICON.
A true Renaissance man, Luke Donald is just as comfortable with a paintbrush in his hand as a 5-iron. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in art theory and practice, and continues to develop new creations, which he donates to charity on a regular basis. On the golf course, Luke won the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship in 1999, despite competing in a back brace. He nearly missed another tournament when a boa constrictor bit him and still has the teeth marks on his hand to prove it!
Considered one of the purest ball strikers on Tour, Luke grew up playing junior golf with his brother, Christian, and the two actually still compete together each week as Christian is Luke’s regular Tour caddy. Luke’s impressive professional résumé includes wins on the PGA and European Tours, a World Cup victory for England and inclusion on several successful European Ryder Cup Teams. With his diverse background and success at every level and around the world, Luke Donald is certainly a golf ICON.
Young Spanish phenom Pablo Larrazabal was born in Barcelona, attended high school in the U.S. and returned to Spain in 2002 with the intention of turning professional. His father, Gustavo, who played for Venezuela in the World Cup of Golf, had other ideas, making the young Larrazábal work on the family fish farm to understand the value of money. He eventually learnt his lesson and turned professional in 2004.
After plying his trade on the Challenge Tour for a few years, Pablo earned his European’s Tour card in 2008. The bubbly Spaniard recorded three top 10 finishes and seven top 25 finishes in his rookie season, highlighted by his first career victory at the Open de France. These accomplishments earned him the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award.
Pablo’s standout work ethic shows to young aspiring golfers, the hard work that is required to become an ICONIC figure in the game of golf today.
With help from his hard working mother and stepfather, this long-hitting Englishman earned the opportunity to learn the game at one of the most prestigious clubs in Europe, the Wentworth Club. Introduced to the game at the age of three, Ross earned his keep at Wentworth, first in his role as a range assistant then when he was awarded one of the club’s junior golf scholarships and later as an ambassador for the resort as a world-class European Tour star.
With such an impressive pedigree, earned his European Tour card in 2006 and wasted little time in making his mark, finishing T4 in his first event and ending the year ranked 66th on the Order of Merit. He rose to the next level when he claimed his first title the following year at The KLM Open and later dominated a world-class field to win The European Open by seven strokes on his home soil at The London Golf Club.
Ross is a great example of how anything is possible with some hard work and perseverance. Couple with his cool, calm demeanor, Ross Fisher is an ICON for golfers who make their break instead of waiting for it!
Known as “El Pato” (the duck) for his waddling walk, Angel Cabrera got his start in the game when he quit school at the age of 10 to become a full time caddy at the Córdoba Country Club in Argentina.
Cabrera’s status as an ICON starts in his home country where he has grown from a caddy to a major champion. Cabrera became the first Argentine player to win the U.S. Open and the second to win a major, joining Roberto De Vicenzo, who won the British Open in 1967. The Major win for Cabrera sparked massive celebrations across the country while his hometown of Córdoba came to a standstill. As a result of his Major triumph, he was rewarded with Honorary Life Membership on The European Tour and the 2007 Olimpia de Oro (Golden Olympian), Argentina’s sportsperson of the year. Proving he has the tools to win several major championships, Cabrera struck again at the 2009 Masters where his fierce determination and powerful swing helped him prevail in a tense three-man playoff.
The accolades and achievements that Cabrera has received make him an ICON in any language.