CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (Reuters) - Adam Scott has made a deal with himself to be a bit tougher if he gets another chance to win the British Open and hopes caddie Fanny Sunesson can help him across the finish line at Carnoustie this week.
Scott, who famously squandered a three-shot lead with four holes left at the 2012 Open, persuaded Nick Faldo’s former looper to come out of retirement for one week.
“I think I can put all my experience to good use if I’m in that situation again and (also) lean on Fanny,” the former world number one told Reuters on the eve of the championship on Wednesday.
Sunesson worked for Faldo at two of the Englishman’s three Open victories.
She caddied most recently for another major champion, Henrik Stenson, before retiring in 2012. Six years later she is back, if only briefly.
“She’s a great caddie and hopefully we can lean on that experience over the weekend, get ourselves in a position where we both want to be and can both thrive under the pressure,” said the Australian.
“I thought about the people for this week that I really want standing next to me on the first tee on Sunday if we’re in the last group and Fanny was at the top of that list.
“Maybe she was a bit surprised because I don’t think she was thinking of caddying. I think she’s very much enjoying it.”
Not that Scott needs much advice on how to plot his way around Carnoustie. He has had an estimated 14 practice rounds, but even on Wednesday was still learning new things in a wind he had not encountered during his fortnight here.
“I don’t think it’s going to catch me out too much now, (though) I don’t think I’ve got it all sussed,” said Scott.
“I feel very comfortable. The best I’ve played in the Open is when I don’t have to pull the yardage book out. I play like it’s my home track.”
Scott’s major history is not all heartbreak. He rebounded from his 2012 Open collapse to win the Masters nine months later and he has vowed not to let it slip should a chance present itself to add a Claret Jug to his Green Jacket.
“I made a deal with myself if I’m in with a chance ... be a bit tougher on myself, grind that little bit harder,” he said.
Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Toby Davis