Language no barrier for good play, says Scott

Thu Oct 3, 2013 12:55pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Adam Scott and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama may have a language barrier between them but the Australian is confident that the duo can win points together for the Internationals at this week's Presidents Cup.

Masters champion Scott and 21-year-old Cup rookie Matsuyama have been paired for Thursday's opening fourballs at Muirfield Village Golf Club and will take on Americans Bill Haas and Webb Simpson in the second match out.

"I think I'm the only guy who has really played any golf with Hideki, and I played a couple of practice rounds with him earlier this year," Scott told reporters on the final day of official practice for the biennial team competition.

"So we had some kind of knowledge of each other's game and hey, I'm more than happy to play with a guy who has won three times (this year) and performing the way he is.

"I think we make a strong pairing, and we are expecting to win points together."

Matsuyama, who won the Asian Amateur title in 2010 and 2011 to qualify for the Masters the following years, turned professional in April and has triumphed three times on the 2013 Japan Golf Tour.


Richly talented, he proved he can compete with the game's best on golf's biggest stages, recording top-10 finishes at the U.S. Open and British Open this year.   Continued...

Adam Scott of Australia hits a shot on the 11th fairway during the second practice round for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes