Date: November 24, 2013
Author: Martin Blake / Royal Melbourne

Winning smiles turn to Open

Adam Scott and Jason Day had but a night to celebrate their World Cup triumph. Now they will turn their attention to the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney this week, with Scott chasing the elusive triple crown of Australian golf. After consecutive wins at Royal Melbourne in the Australian Masters and the World Cup teams event with Day, Scott joked that he was “just getting into the routine, actually&apos&apos. But his mind will quickly turn to Royal Sydney, where he hopes to emulate Robert Allenby&aposs 2005 feat of winning the three big Australian tournaments — the PGA, the Masters and the Open — in the one year. Allenby is the only player to have done it, but Scott already has the PGA and the Masters on his CV. “Now I get to try and get myself ready for the Aussie Open, something that means so much to all of us as Australians and at a great venue like Royal Sydney,&apos&apos he said. “I am going to try and figure out what the best thing to do the next couple of days is to get ready for it. So I m looking forward to the challenge. “You know, obviously Jason is playing great. There is a host of guys who are going to be wanting to win badly. It’s going to be a great week and I think I m going to have my work cut out next week that s for sure.&apos&apos Scott previously won the Open at New South Wales in 2009. As for Day, he is fresh from the biggest triumph of his career in winning the individual section of the World Cup, but he has some studying to do. He has not been to Royal Sydney. “I have never played Royal Sydney before so preparation is huge for me next week,&apos&apos he said. “I am probably most likely going to take tomorrow off after such a big week this week. I just need time to just relax and think about what has happened over the last week. “Tuesday, I will get out there Tuesday and really try and put a good solid 18 holes in, get a good practice session in and then play the pro-am and hopefully by then I am familiar with the golf course. I feel like everything is in a good spot right now. I just need to keep working hard and hopefully … put on a good show next week.” Day had not won a tournament since the HP Byron Nelson in 2010, a victory that had observers predicting massive things for the Queenslander. With many near-misses and fade-outs after that, Sunday&aposs strong close-out at Royal Melbourne might well turn out to be significant to his future. “I finished the job which was great,&apos&apos he said. “I have been close so many times now and sometimes I fell short and sometimes I pushed on and just haven t quite got there.&apos&apos Day and Scott will be among the favourites for the storied Australian Open, which tees off at the beautiful Royal Sydney on Thursday along with Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.