Scott Takes Another Tilt at the Title
Adam Scott is looking to take care of unfinished business when he plays the last two rounds of The 144TH Open Championship over the weekend.
The 34 year-old from Adelaide admitted he still has “a chip on my shoulder” about his collapse at the 2012 Open at Royal Lytham, but has given himself the ideal opportunity to rid himself of it after carding rounds of 70 and 67 to sit just two shots behind early pacesetter Danny Willett
“I’m very motivated,” he admitted after firing five birdies in a flawless second round. “I definitely let that one slip and I’ve also had a couple of other good looks at it since.”
“I’d be delighted to be sitting here having won The Open, but I’m going to have to work for it. It looks like being extremely challenging tomorrow. The holes we get to play could just be a grind.”
“I tried to brush it off and I did see all the positives but it really hurt,” he confirmed. “I probably carried that chip into (the win at) the 2013 Masters. It maybe got a bit smaller after that, but I’m very determined to do it this weekend and I’d be very disappointed if I never did (win) it in my career when I got so close.”
The Australian’s secret weapon might well be caddie Steve Williams, who he tempted out of retirement to play in this summer’s Majors. The New Zealander was on the bag when Scott won at Augusta and he has also tasted success at a St Andrews Open alongside his previous boss, Tiger Woods.
“I really don’t want to say how great he is, but I did have to butter him up to get him to come back,” he said. “I was begging and pleading to get him out here. Unfortunately, I have to admit that, but I think we’ve already hit our stride. So far we’re doing a pretty good job.
“He’s a huge factor in the way I’ve played the last few years and I have to absolutely give him a lot of credit for that,” Scott added. “He knows how to get the best out of me on the golf course and that was our goal for these few weeks he’s back as my caddie.”