Date: February 27, 2017
Author: Bernie McGuire, Florida

Scott on mend, finding touch

After an illness cloud hung over Adam Scott’s defence at the Honda Classic the Australian is looking for clear air more than two kilometres high later this week in Mexico City.

Scott is heading to the world’s eighth highest capital city for Thursday’s start to the $US9.75m WGC – Mexico Championship, the rebadged Cadillac Championship that Scott captured last year at Trump Doral in suburban Miami.

It is first time a WGC will be staged in Mexico and with the tree-lined Club de Chapultepec course to host all but one of the world’s top-50 after World No.2 Jason Day withdrew suffering from a double ear infection.

Scott is no stranger to competing at elevation given he’s played plenty of social rounds on the 1700m Crans-sur-Sierre course in Switzerland – one of the Australian’s global abodes.

But then he’s not teed up on a course lying two-and-a-quarter kilometres above sea level.

"It’s going to be very interesting going from competing sea level here in Florida to teeing-up well over 7000 feet, so it will be a challenge for everyone to adjust to the different conditions," Scott said.

"It’s going to be really high in Mexico City and while we played in Denver and I know Jo'burg is pretty high up, plus there’s Reno and Crans, it’s tricky playing at altitude.

"But I am sure we can work out pretty early in the week where the ball is going."

Having picked a "bug" from his young son, Scott struggled all week in Florida with a head cold and a sore throat that reduced him to a murmur on Saturday.

But after birdieing the last hole in a final round of a two-under-par 68 for a four-under total, the Queeslander said he felt better if not perfect.

"I’m still feeling a little off colour and I’m still fighting off the illness, so I’m feeling about 80 per cent good," he said.

"Today was the best I felt all week and my head is feeling a little clearer.

"It’s not been a great couple of weeks for me, but then there have been some good signs in different areas of my game out on the course.

"However, I did feel a bit better today as it was pretty hard out there, so I feel like I have something to work with next week as I needed that round today given I have stalled the past few weeks.

"I’ve played OK, but haven’t really contended and that’s boring for me.

"I would like to hit the ball a little better and my short game where it is, I think I can contend next week."