Date: November 14, 2006
Author: Luke Buttigieg

Scott looks for maiden win

By Luke Buttigieg, Sportal World No.3 Adam Scott is hoping that a recent form surge will lead to his maiden Australasian PGA Tour victory at this week&aposs MFS Australian Open. The 26-year-old has come close in the past without actually tasting victory in his homeland, but in the past few months he has defended his Singapore Open title on the European Tour and then recently won the season-ending US PGA Tour Championship. With that strong recent form behind him, Scott is looking to break through at Royal Sydney, a course he has only played socially a couple of times in 1999 when he was hoping to get a run in that year&aposs event, which was won by then fellow amateur Aaron Baddeley. “Yeah absolutely, it turned out to be a great year, from a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta, so I&aposm really happy with how everything turned out,” Scott said. “I say this every time but outside the majors and World Golf Championships, and there are a couple of other tour events, I think the Australian Open is right there so it&aposs in the top 10 tournaments that you want to win and being Australian it&aposs a tournament I&aposve wanted to win since I first picked up a club.” “It would mean a lot and I certainly would like to get a win on home soil pretty soon and try and rack up a few wins over my career down here. Having watched enviously as good friend Geoff Ogilvy won the US Open this year, Scott would also happily trade his place at No.3 in the world rankings to be in Ogilvy&aposs shoes. “I&aposd definitely take a major over being No.3 in the world,” Scott said. “I think the only world ranking that matters is No.1 and unless you&aposre there then winning tournaments and majors and World Golf Championships and everything else, that&aposs more important.” Confident he can one day reach No.1, and believing he can do so within about five years, Scott is in no doubt that Tiger Woods is still the man to beat in any tournament he enters. “He certainly has separated himself from us all again this year and just showing us he&aposs still around and still means business,” he said. “I feel like I&aposve improved a lot as a player but he&aposs stepped it back up to a level where we&aposve all seen him play before and if he maintains that level for another year or so, he&aposs going to be a pretty hard guy to catch.” With the &aposphysical part&apos of his game – including his chipping, putting and driving – improving in 2006, Scott thinks his first triumph in Australia will lead to a career full of highlights at home. I&aposve always felt like my expectations of my own game are far beyond any expectations anyone else has put on me. As long as I live up to my own expectations I&aposll be fine,” Scott said. “I don&apost know, I expect to win this golf tournament and I expect to win on home soil, and like I said I want to win a lot down here. It&aposs just maybe a matter of getting the first one. I don&apost feel I&aposm under any extra pressure.” “I know that my golf is good enough to win down here. I don&apost think I have to justify that but it&aposd be nice to get a win down here, it&aposd make the end of this year really, really special for me. I feel like I&aposm playing well enough.”