Is it too early for Adam Scott to be an inaugural inductee of the Australian golf Hall of Fame? Source: Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images
A HALL of Fame project to ride the high-flying mood in Australian golf is to be launched and the most intriguing question is whether Adam Scott should be one of the celebrated inaugural inductees.
By the standard of the Hall of Fame initiatives in the football codes players must be 10 years retired before being considered for inclusion in a formal pantheon of greats of their game. Such criteria are an awkward fit when applied to golf such are the lengthy career spans of the finest players.
It is only six years since former world No. 1 Greg Norman was the halfway leader of the British Open in 2008 when only playing part-time at 53 and he was still teeing it up at the Australian PGA for a final time just two years ago.
Scott's potential inclusion is sure to cause plenty of debate. Source: Getty Images
Scott is just 34 and mid-career. He might win two, three or more majors over the next decade but our only US Masters champion in 80 years has already put a flag at the top of that peak like no other Aussie.
"It's high time Australian golf had a Hall of Fame to honour the game's great achievers. There have been discussions with the Australian Golf Industry Council and obviously the criteria are an important part of a worthy project," PGA of Australasia chief executive Brian Thorburn said.
Should Adam Scott be an inaugural inductee in the Australian golf Hall of Fame?
World No. 3 Scott has won more tournaments in the US (11) than any Australian golfer of this century, won more than 20 worldwide and will chase his fifth big trophy on home soil on Sunday in a riveting Australian PGA finale on the Gold Coast.
Golfing icons Norman and Peter Thomson would be assured of recognition in any Hall of Fame opening as would seven-time major winner Karrie Webb as the flagbearer of women's golf.
Greg Norman would be first choice for most Australian fans Source: AP
That's where it becomes deliciously tricky.
Should there just be an elite three-ball inducted initially or perhaps five to embrace trailblazers like Norman von Nida, Kel Nagle, David Graham and others?
Is Scott's mark on the game still in its infancy regardless of the landmarks he has already achieved?