GOLF: Adam Scott is confident Aussie sporting fans can get some much-needed joy from Royal Sydney on the weekend.
After the Test team's latest capitulation to South Africa in the cricket and the Socceroos' disappointing showing in their World Cup qualifier against minnow Thailand, our golfers are primed to win the Australian Open, which starts today.
"There's heaps of us playing, so the odds are pretty good,” said Scott after completing a round with pro-am partner and West Indian cricket great Brian Lara.
"You don't need much more motivation than playing for the Australian Open trophy. That's a big one for any Aussie. Even after all these years of playing all around the world, coming back and playing here is a big motivator.”
The Queenslander would love to be the one holding up the Stonehaven Cup again on Sunday, especially after losing to Rory McIlroy in 2013. Scott led for 71 holes after opening with a course-record 10-under-par 62, only to bogey the last.
It would have been his second title after being victorious in 2009.
"I certainly feel like I would like to get a win here after what happened a few years ago. That burns a little bit,” he said.
"To win the Aussie Open is always special but it would kind of cap off a good year. It would make it feel that much better because I have another win.”
Though he has enjoyed a solid year, missing the cut just once in 20 events, the world No.7 Scott hasn't tasted success since March in Mexico.
"I still played a fairly high standard, racked up a lot of top fives and top 10s, but was a little lean on the wins after such a great start,” he said.
"My standard of golf is still high ... I just need to capitalise on that, hopefully this week.”
Scott said he felt little "rusty” yesterday but was happy to reacquaint himself with the course.
"It's going to play tough if the wind blows, but it's in good shape,” Scott said.
Scott will tee off at 11.10am (AEST), with 2014 winner Jordan Speith hitting off at 6.10am (AEST).
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