Date: November 19, 2014
Author: Mark Hayes / www.golf.org.au

Shark in Scott�s sights before Rory

Adam Scott wants revenge, but first he wants a slice of history.

Scott briefly let his mind wander to next week’s Emirates Australian Open yesterday, admitting that beating Rory McIlroy to regain that title was a “thorn in his side”.

But then he quickly snapped back to more pressing matters – the defence of his Australian Masters gold jacket and the “little piece of history” to which it would entitle him.

Greg Norman twice had the chance to complete a Masters hat-trick in the tournament he helped put on the map.

But Scott said he’d love a chance to “get one up” on his idol.

“It would be great because it's hard to do that kind of stuff,” Scott said at Metropolitan today.

“(Greg) has got such a great record all over the world, and for me, it would be neat to have my own little piece of history down here.”

Scott, who won his first Masters title at Kingston Heath in 2012 then again last year at Royal Melbourne, said he’d played Metropolitan fewer than 10 times in his life.

And, while auditioning wannabe caddie David Clarke this week for a full-time gig vacated by Steve Williams, he said the veteran Kiwi’s knowledge of the Sandbelt layout would be missed.

“Of course. Steve's kind of irreplaceable.  I can't go out and try and find another Steve Williams,” Scott said.

“But I think I got to learn so much from him and having him down here for a few years on the Sandbelt, and obviously being able to pick his brain and also see how he went about it, I've learned how to manage myself around these courses.

“That's shown in the results the last couple years with us winning at Kingston Heath and Royal Melbourne.  That's pretty special for an Aussie golfer.  It would be nice to put this one on that list, too.”

He said learning the nuances of Metro’s greens was his priority because he’d come from China’s WGC event a fortnight ago “playing nicely”.

Scott played a practice round at Metro last week, showing how eager he was to continue his winning ways in Australia after bagging two of the Triple Crown in 2013 on his Masters green jacket tour – and narrowly missing out on the Open.

“It's pretty easy for me to concentrate on this week.  I have a lot on the line and I can make my own bit of history … and hopefully win three in a row and that's where my head's at.

“If I do that, that will only put me in better shape for next week.

“So it's really about Metropolitan and Melbourne and the Australian Masters this week and I'll hopefully be in great form next week and have to deal with Rory and Jordan Spieth and all the other guys next week.”

And then the music to Australian golf fans and officials’ ears … that Scott would continue to play in these end-of-year events as long as it was logistically possible.

“This year I'm playing the three events and I think that pleases everybody,” he said.

“But at some point in the future I'm probably not going to play all three for whatever reason, schedules happen, but I'll always try.

“I think the participation is a big thing, but it's also the easiest way for me to keep everybody happy, so it's not a bad thing at all.

“If that's all I need to do to kind of keep carrying the game, then that's not a big responsibility for me.

“It's what I enjoy doing, and certainly the way people have supported me down here over all the years, but in particular since the (US) Masters, makes playing a lot of fun for me. “