Date: November 20, 2013
Author: Martin Blake / Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Scott and Day in good spirits ahead of World Cup

Adam Scott says it is &apos&apospossible&apos&apos that he could win all four big tournaments in his home country this year, although he acknowledges with the strong field here for the World Cup of Golf starting tomorrow, it&aposs a tough ask. White hot world No. 2 Scott has won the Australian PGA title and the Talisker Masters in the past fortnight and after the World Cup, he will have a crack at the so-called &apostriple crown&apos by competing in the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney next week. Only Robert Allenby, who won the PGA, Masters and Australian Open in 2005, has achieved it. But the Queenslander is feeling the pinch. He has carried a huge load in his first trip back to his home country since winning the Masters at Augusta National in April, including heavy media commitments. As recently as Monday night he appeared at a members&apos function at Royal Melbourne, keeping a commitment he had made earlier. Scott has accepted his role as the new pied piper of the Australian game, but it must be draining. “It was good to get moving again (today) because I think I am at that point where if I sit down for a little bit I am going to stay sitting down,&apos&apos he said today. “So I have got a couple of big weeks coming up and to get back out there today was great, even better that it was Royal Melbourne, it is another pleasure to walk around and play this golf course. So, you know, I feel as fresh as I can be, absolutely. I have kind of prepared myself for these four weeks and I knew that I was in for a long stretch of golf and events, but I will be ready again tomorrow.&apos&apos If Scott wins both the individual section of the World Cup and then the Australian Open he will have an unprecedented four big Australian titles in the one year, a potential feat that has been dubbed the &aposScottyslam&apos&apos. He is not ruling it out. “It is possible but it only gets tougher this week,&apos&apos he said. ” I mean I got the first two, I guess. There is a great field here this week and there is going to be a great field in Sydney next week too, so, you know, I am just going to try and keep playing the way I have. “Obviously I feel quite good about coming in to this week feeling like I have just spent the last ten days here playing the course and seeing some good shots and seeing some putts so that might be to my advantage and Matt&aposs (Kuchar&aposs) advantage a little bit this week. But obviously I am very comfortable with where my game is at and tomorrow is another day where we all start from scratch again.&apos&apos Scott and Jason Day will set out separately today as they try to win the World Cup for Australia. Under the new format for the competition, teammates will be kept apart if possible at least until the weekend, when the usual seeded draw will apply. Because it is both an individual and team competition, partners cannot provide advice to each other on the course under the rules of golf. The format mimics what will happen when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016, and is part of a plan to revitalise the World Cup, with $8 million total prizemoney and a heavier emphasis on the individual tournament. Scott was surprised to learn recently that he would not be playing with Day, and he acknowledged the quirky nature of the week. “It is an interesting week with an individual thing and a teams thing and we are going to want to beat each other but we are also going to want to win, so I do not really know how that sits. But look, I think it would be a really great thing for golf down here, which is hot at the moment, for us to get in the mix this week and hopefully have a lot of home crowd support.&apos&apos Day, the world No. 18, is just happy to have a partner in such great form. “I do not know whether to love him or not if he beats me, but you know, we are both going to go out there and try and do our best. If that is good enough at the end of the week, if he wins I&aposm going to be happy for him and if I win he is going to be happy for me.&apos&apos Day has had a harrowing time, since his grandmother and at least seven other members of his Filipino family were killed in the typhoon recently. He has also had five weeks off at the end of the American tour, but he has fulfilled his commitment to play despite feeling his Filipino mother Dening&aposs pain. “I know that my mum found out that she lost her mother over Facebook, through communication with our cousins. So obviously (it&aposs) not the way you want to find out how you lost someone that you loved. And definitely (I am) looking forward to seeing my mum at the end of this week just to give her a hug.&apos&apos The Australians are strong favourites given that Scott has been in such brilliant form this year. On world rankings, they are the team to beat, although Americans Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman head a host of other pairings who are capable of winning. It is the richest golf tournament ever staged in Australia, with a 60-player field from 33 countries. Scott and Day were in good spirits today, with Day joking that Scott was &apos&aposa hermit&apos&apos whom he could not get out on tour. “But me with my little boy and my wife and Scotty with all the women that are chasing him, it is just too much!&apos&apos