Date: November 25, 2014
Author: Mark Hayes @ The Australian

Scott�s on the level with green research

Adam Scott has added a new trick to his bag in a bid to stay ahead of the Emirates Australian Open field.

Scott and his coach Brad Malone pulled out a tiny spirit level during today’s practice round, just to make sure they learn all the nuances of The Australian’s remodelled greens.

Malone, also the world No.3’s brother-in-law, said the level was often helpful when the Scott crew assesses putting surfaces on which they’ve never played.

He said it was not only a tool that helped Scott with his “aim-point” putting method, but also helped them figure out where to land the ball.

Malone placed the spirit level on specific areas of the green where the pins are expected to be placed when the Open tees off on Thursday.

Scott looked particularly sharp in his morning practice session, partnering Marcus Fraser and Golf Australia Junior Squad member Zach Murray on the back nine of the immaculately prepared course.

His wedges, uncharacteristically not radar sharp in last week’s Australian Masters, looked to be right back on the money this morning.

Scott will begin his chase for a second national championship at 12.05pm on Thursday, partnering American Jordan Spieth and Australian Masters champ Nick Cullen in the marquee afternoon group.

Scott will this week have a new caddie on the bag as he auditions for a replacement for Steve Williams.

Mike Kerr, a former looper for Ernie Els and Lee Westwood, was on the bag of Dane Thorbjorn Olesen when he won the Perth International in October.

Scott had David Clarke alongside at Metropolitan last week after the pair had worked together in the recent WGC event in China.

Scott is not expected to make a full-time appointment until January as he begins his Masters preparations in earnest.