Date: April 04, 2007

Scott after history

Adam Scott is relishing the opportunity to become the first Australian to claim the US Masters crown at Augusta National this week. Not one golfer from Down Under has taken home the coveted green jacket – the &aposShark&apos Greg Norman coming closest in 1987, when he lost a heartbreaking play-off after a Larry Mize chip-in, and in 1996 when he blew a six-stroke lead in the final round to Nick Faldo. And Scott, who rose to No.3 in the world following last week&aposs come-from-behind victory at the Houston Open, is feeling confident he can be the man to do it. “For an Australian it&aposs probably the holy grail of golf right now,” the 26-year-old said. “To be the first Australian to win the Masters, it would be a dream come true.” “It&aposs going to happen eventually hopefully. There&aposs no doubt we have enough talented players here to do it.” A seven-man Australian contingent will take to Augusta, including Nick O&aposHern, Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling, Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley, who has been paired with world No.1 Tiger Woods and Englishman Paul Casey for the opening two rounds. “I think it&aposs probably golf&aposs elite tournament – it&aposs just so hard to qualify for,” Scott said of the Masters. “Just to get here is an achievement in itself. It&aposs the only major golf event that stays at the same venue every year, I think that also makes for kind of a mystique for the golf tournament as well.” Baddeley, meanwhile, is also in fine touch this year, having won the FBR Open in February and finishing in a tie for sixth place at the CA Championships late last month – prompting respected magazine Sports Illustrated to tip him as the winner at Augusta. “I feel like if I play well, I have a chance on Sunday and like I said I feel like I have the game now to compete at the top level,” he said. “It&aposs just a matter of being patient and whether it happens this week or whether it happens in six months time, it&aposs just a matter of knowing that I&aposm going in the right direction and everything is going according to plan.”