Scott searching for old magic on home courses
By Ian Ransom
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A year-ending tour of Australia has become an unlikely launching pad to a season of triumph for some of golf's brightest stars, so Adam Scott is hoping his home courses can work their magic again for his own game.
The former world number one has had an underwhelming year by his own lofty standards and arrived Down Under this week feeling some pressure to clinch a title and maintain his proud record of at least one tournament win every year dating back to 2001.
Scott should fancy his chances at the Australian Masters which tees off at Melbourne's storied Huntingdale Golf Club on Thursday, where he will bid to win his third trophy in four years against a modest field of local professionals.
The Australian Open in Sydney next week offers a tougher challenge, however, and the prospect of a mouthwatering battle with American world number one and defending champion Jordan Spieth.
Scott has previously arrived in Australia searching for answers and found them on the sunbaked greens of Melbourne's sandbelt in 2012, when he won his first Australian Masters trophy at Kingston Heath.
Edging Briton Ian Poulter in a tense shoot-out helped Scott ease some of the disappointment of his British Open meltdown that year, when he gave up a four-stroke lead in the last four holes to blow his best chance at a maiden major championship.
Months later, he was the toast of Australia after becoming his country's first player to win a U.S. Masters at the 2013 tournament.
"All events are important, but when you're looking for that momentum to get back in the winner's circle, these (tournaments) play a big role in that," he said. Continued...