American superstar Justin Thomas has paid Adam Scott the ultimate compliment as the former world No.1 prepares for his first Australian Open tilt in three years.
Thomas, who will himself make his first trip down under for the Presidents Cup the week after the Open in December, lauded Scott as the player all US PGA Tour players aspired to be.
"He's the nicest guy in the world," Thomas said when asked during a teleconference from America which Australian player he was closest to.
"He probably has the most perfect golf swing you could draw up. He's unbelievably nice to not only the other guys but the fans, he has a great name for himself in terms of just globally.
"He kind of is a great example and role model for all kids and other people.
"Yeah, I mean, Adam is I feel like the epitome of what every probably PGA Tour player wants to be like."
Thomas, 26, has admired Scott ever since pipping the 2013 Masters champion by a shot to secure his maiden US PGA Tour event in Kuala Lumpur in late 2015.
"So I probably know him the best in terms of the Aussies," said Thomas, the world No.5 and 2017 US PGA champion.
"Leish (Marc Leishman) and Cam Smith and (Jason) Day I know and play some with, but I've been around Adam a couple times and this and that. He's someone where whenever I'm around, I probably just kind of sit back and listen to whatever he has to say because I feel like I have the opportunity to learn something from it."
Thomas's gushing praise came after Scott announced he would return to Sydney to vie for the Stonehaven Cup for the first time since 2016.
His appearance alongside Day, Leishman and Smith will mark the first time that Australian golf's big four US Tour stars will contest the Open since 2011.
"I'm really looking forward to playing at the Australian Golf Club again and giving myself a chance at a second Stonehaven Cup," said the 2009 champion.
"Sydney is front of mind for me at the moment as we've also just announced a scholarship program with the University of Sydney."
Scott and Thomas could yet go head to head at Royal Melbourne the following week when the USA look to defend the Presidents Cup for a seventh straight time.
Australian Associated Press