Monday, May 17, 2010

Scott Ends Two Year Drought on PGA Tour

Australian Adam Scott has ended a form slump dating back more than a year to claim his seventh PGA Tour victory, the Texas Open at Greg Norman designed TPC San Antonio. On the 36-hole Sunday Scott went 11 under to beat Swede Fredrik Jacobson by one shot. It was almost disaster for Scott when his only bogey of the final round came at the 18th hole, but Jacobson missed a long put to tie the tournament.

It was a long awaited comeback victory on the PGA Tour for Scott who burst onto the scene when he became the youngest ever winner of the Players Championship as a 24 year old in 2004. Scott reached a career high number 3 ranking in the world before a long form slump. He was helped into a bit of form last year by his childhood idol, Greg Norman, who picked him for the President's Cup as his captain's selection.

When asked if there was any significance in winning at a Greg Norman designed course, Scott had this to say, "I was amazed how much it looked like some of the courses back at home. A lot like the Mornington Peninsula. I even saw some of the Brisbane courses too. Felt like the landscape looks very similar to back home, kind of harsh, scrub land off the fairways and I had a feeling I knew Aussies would do well here this week. Greg's greens are a lot like some of the sandbelt greens back at home, you know, that design and the bunkering. I felt comfortable on it and I think a lot of the other Aussies did, too."

The victory is the confidence boost Scott sorely needed and has catapulted him into the top 20 (17th place) in the FedEx Cup standings. He will be looking to capitalise on this victory with an improved showing at the remainder of the year's major tournaments. In 35 major starts so far Scott has 4 top ten finishes which is unusually low for a player of his calibre, but he is confident that statistic will change soon, "wins are huge for momentum.. there is nothing quite like winning."

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