Date: August 09, 2007

Fairways lead to success in Tulsa

Australians Adam Scott and Stephen Leaney have declared that hitting fairways will be of paramount importance at the USPGA Championship at Southern Hills this weekend. Leaney, in particular, was adamant that a good driving game was necessary to a player&aposs chances as the rough was deceptively thick and could compromise effective wedging onto the greens. “The course is very good. It&aposs playing very fair and you get rewarded for hitting fairways which is the way most golf courses should be,” said Leaney. “This rough&aposs a lot thicker than what it looks. It doesn&apost look very high but the ball goes straight to the bottom of it and you don&apost have any chance to hit the green.” “(Also) you got to be careful when you wedge it out, cos you can still miss the fairway with a wedge if you wedge it out the wrong way.” “If you drive it up on the fairway, you can still be aggressive with your second shot. It all comes down to how you drive it.” World No.5 Adam Scott agreed with Leaney&aposs assessment of the Southern Hills course. “I think it&aposs (the course) pretty demanding. It&aposs all down to hitting fairways this week I think,” said Scott. “So that&aposs what the focus is on….tee shots.” Scott will be looking for a marked improvement in form from his showing at the Bridgestone invitational last week, which saw the Australian miss the cut after posting scores of five and six over respectively on the first two days. However, after bowing out of the Bridgestone, Scott has said that his form may be on the up going into the last major tournament of the year. “I feel a lot better than I did in the practice rounds last week,” he said. “(I) had a couple of good rounds on the weekend and definitely back on track.”