Date: November 13, 2008

Scott eyes Singapore success

After a season blighted by injury and illness, Adam Scott is hoping for a return to form when he tees off at the Singapore Open this week attempting to win the title for a third time in four years. The former world No.3 has slipped to 17th but is on the comeback trail after finishing sixth at last week&aposs HSBC Champions in Shanghai – his first event in eight weeks. And with victories at the Sentosa Golf Club in 2005 and 2006, the Australian is hoping for more good fortune at Asia&aposs richest national open this week. “It certainly has been a happy hunting ground for me here,” said the 28-year-old Adelaide native ahead of the US$5 million event. “Whenever you come back to a place you play well at, you get good vibes and I am certainly looking to turn my game around a bit at the moment. Coming back here is a good, positive feeling for me.” “From the first year I felt like the course fit my eye well. I hit a lot of good shots that first year. And ever since then I have played here with a lot of confidence.” “I have always been treated very well here and it&aposs always a good fun time here.” It has not been the happiest of seasons so far for Scott, who has been sidelined for a large part of the year. “I have also had some health issues so I made sure I got them sorted out before I played again,” he explained. “I had a few bouts of recurring tonsillitis this year which came from being run down a little bit.” “I also broke my hand so haven&apost practised since the Players Championship. It started showing up in my results.” “It was frustrating because I wanted to play but I wasn&apost prepared how I normally would be.” Scott can draw a lot of positives from his performance in Shanghai last week, where he finished just four shots out of the play-off. “Last week was my first hit for seven or eight weeks,” he said. “It was certainly a little rusty but I was pretty happy with my result. Finishing sixth was not too bad and it was the first time I have put some consistent numbers on the board.” “I&aposm feeling pretty good about things.” Meanwhile, Ian Poulter announced his withdrawal from the tournament after failing to get a replacement driver in time for the tee-off of the Asian Tour event. The Englishman had his driver stolen during the HSBC Champions last week and would not have received a replacement before the end of the second round on Friday evening. As a result, Poulter opted not to play in the event, the richest national open in Asia. “I am really gutted. I have been thinking about it for four hours and I have decided to withdraw because my new driver will not arrive on time,” said Poulter. “It is disappointing because I did not come all this way not to play. But with so many world ranking points at stake, if I played badly I may have lost ground.” Tournament organisers announced Anirban Lahiri of India will take Poulter&aposs place in the field.