Date: June 13, 2008

Scott reveals broken hand

Adam Scott broke his silence on Thursday and revealed that he broke a bone in his right hand during a night out in London more than three weeks ago. Scott and some friends went to a Fulham bar to watch the European Champions League soccer final on TV on May 21. After the game, he was leaning on his car when a friend accidentally closed the door on his hand. “It hurt a lot obviously, but I just went out for a little bit more and then went home to bed,” he said. “I woke up the next day and it was ridiculously swollen, so I took myself to the hospital.” The injury was diagnosed as a broken bone under the knuckle of his little finger and the first specialist he consulted told him to rest for six weeks. So Scott flew home to Australia for a second opinion, and found another doctor who said he could continue playing while the bone healed. That&aposs the news the world number three wanted to hear, so he practiced sparingly in preparation for Thursday&aposs first round of the US Open. Scott had no chance to ease quietly back into competition but he acquitted himself decently, carding a two-over-par 73 at Torrey Pines. “I was a little anxious how I was going to play,” Scott admitted. “I&aposm swinging the club as good as I have this year.” “There were some nerves there for sure, but I enjoyed it. I hit some nice shots early and it was a calming start.” Scott, who uses an overlapping grip, admitted that he would not have been able to take his place in the field if he played with an interlocking grip. “The lucky thing is it didn&apost break into the joint,” he said. “It&aposs just broken across the bone. The bone hasn&apost healed yet, but I&aposve got enough strength to play.” And after he plays this week, Scott is planning to take at least three weeks. “It heals itself but the more you rest it, the quicker it heals,” Scott said.