Wednesday October 24, 2012
Scott to ignore in-form Rory for Singapore glory
SINGAPORE: Adam Scott said the looming presence of world number one Rory McIlroy won’t put him off as he bids to add gloss to a difficult season with his fourth win at the Barclays Singapore Open.
The Australian returns next month to Sentosa Golf Club, scene of his triumphs in 2005, 2006 and 2010, with McIlroy among the chief challengers at the US$6mil event dubbed “Asia’s major“.
But Scott, whose last-day meltdown when leading the British Open was one of this year’s most excruciating moments, insisted the confident Northern Irishman would not be a big concern on the tropical course.
“No, that’s not a consideration,” said the world number six, in comments released by organisers on Monday. “I just play to win and my satisfaction comes from my own performance not measured against others.” As well as his unparalleled three victories, Scott finished third in 2007 and 2009 before skipping last year’s edition. And he will hope for another strong showing in the Southeast Asian state after a winless year.
In July, Scott led the Open by four with four holes to go but he bogeyed every one to hand victory to Ernie Els. McIlroy suffered a similar collapse at the 2011 US Masters, but bounced back to win that year’s US Open. Scott won praise for his dignified demeanour at Royal Lytham - but indicated he was burning with desire to make amends.
“It’s nice that people feel that (I reacted well),” he said. “What did I learn? Play better at Muirfield in 2013.” Scott, who will also enter the WGC-HSBC Champions in China the week before the Singapore Open from Nov 8-11, added that back-to-back wins in Asia would be enough to make his season a success.
“Well I am confident I can win any event I enter, and that’s my main objective so I would like to come to Sentosa having just won the week before, then win the Barclays Singapore Open,” he said.
“That would be a nice way to make the season fulfilling.”
For the record, only Scott is still in the top 20 - five years ago he was one of three Australians, along with Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley, to occupy a lofty top-20 spot.
Only one Australian, Marc Leishman, won on the PGA Tour this year. — AFP