On August 24, Scrivener and his wife, Simone, had their first child, Felix Jay. After missing the cut at the Open Championship in mid-July, the 32-year-old Australian took 11 weeks off to return home to Perth, Australia, and prepare for fatherhood. He has seven top-10s on the European Tour in the last two seasons and cracked the top 100 in the world rankings earlier this summer.
Scrivener had his heart set on becoming a new father, but four weeks after Felix was born, he had to return to work.
“It was quite difficult to leave,” Scrivener admitted. “I’ve been using FaceTime a lot, which has made things a little simpler.” I’m excited to return back home and spend more time with him.”
Orlando, Florida, could be your new home soon. Having Australia as a base has become increasingly problematic due to coronavirus limitations. Because Scrivener is friends with Orlando natives and fellow Aussies Curtis Luck and Ryan Ruffels, he could end up in Isleworth or Lake Nona. Scrivener, who turned pro in 2011 and spent seven seasons on the European Tour, also wants to play golf in the United States, which is why he’ll be attending Korn Ferry Tour Q-School this autumn.
“I have full status in Europe, but I want to be in America,” Scrivener explained. “I’d like to relocate and establish a base of operations here.” This was, I suppose, the first step in gaining some clout and progressing from there…. This is a viable option for me.”
Scrivener earned his KFT card and conditional status after competing in three European Tour races in October. He teed it up in the second stage in Plantation, Florida, two weeks ago and finished solo ninth. He’s tied for 102nd after 36 holes at The Landings Club this week, but he’s only six shots off of the top 40 and ties, which come with guaranteed starts.
Scrivener will fly to Dubai for the final two events of the European Tour season, which begin next week, after finishing the final stage. Then it’s back to his beach property in Perth, where he’ll spend more time with Felix and potentially pack for a major relocation.
Whether he competes full-time on the KFT or still participates on the European circuit, Florida appears to be an ideal place to set up shop.
“I definitely want to see more of America,” Scrivener added. “It’d be interesting to try something new.”