Scott Matures Fujikawa Plans


Butch Harmon liked what he saw last November at East Lake when his pupil, Adam Scott, handled the moment of dealing with Vijay Singh in the final round en route to winning The TOUR Championship.

Harmon and Scott hooked up again two weeks ago in Hawaii at the Mercedes-Benz Championship to work more on Scotts game. This time Singh emerged victorious, but not before Scott took a serious Sunday run at the Big Fijian.

Adam Scott
Adam Scott has risen to No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
All of which was enough for Harmon to predict Scott will have a breakout year in 2007. He feels that way, too, Harmon said.

The clues are everywhere. The 26-year-old Scott tied for eighth in last years Open Championship and followed that up with a tie for third at the PGA Championship. Were just looking for more consistency, Harmon said.

Meanwhile, Harmon has begun working with Jason Gore. Gore dropped to No. 118 on the money list in 2006 after a terrific 2005 season.

He was lost last year, Harmon said of Gore.

Justin Leonard, another member of the Harmon stable, went from No. 12 on the money list in 2005 to No. 109 last year.

Harmon said Leonard had legitimate reasons. Leonards three children are aged 3 years, 22 months and six months. Now that domestic adjustments have been made, Harmon said, he expects Leonard to be back strong this season.

Finally, Harmon is also high on new student Nick Watney who had six top-10s in 2006.

Tadd Fujikawa is already thinking ahead to this summer. And the 5-1, 16-year-old Hawaiian isnt thinking small.

Fujikawa rallied the entire golf world behind him last week at the Sony Open when he became the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut at a PGA TOUR event.

Now, Fujikawa says his goal for 2007 is to win the U.S. Amateur. This, of course, is easier said than done. But Fujikawa wants to play in the Masters Tournament one day. And the quickest way for him to get to Augusta would be to automatically qualify by winning the U.S. Amateur, which will be played in August at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, sources say Fujikawa has decided he needs a full-time swing coach but hasnt selected one. Sources also say he has reluctantly told his high school golf teammates that he wont be playing on the team this year because of all the opportunities now in front of him. Among those, Golf Channel has reported, will be special exemption offers to play on the PGA TOUR in 2007.

Fujikawa also wants to return to the U.S. Open where he surfaced as a 15-year-old phenom last year at Winged Foot. Fujikawa qualified for that tournament out of the Hawaii sectional where one spot was available.

The USGA subsequently pulled the plug on the Hawaii sectional. That means any Hawaiian residents, who advance through local qualifying, will have to travel to the mainland to compete in a sectional.

Reminded of this Tuesday, Fujikawa said he was very disappointed about the USGA decision to make the Hawaii sectional go away.

By winning the Sony Open last week, Paul Goydos rocketed to No. 39 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Heady stuff.

If he remains in the top 64 through the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, scheduled to conclude Feb. 11, he will gain a berth in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship later next month.

Here are the names of a just few players Goydos finds himself ahead of in the rankings: Darren Clarke, Lucas Glover, Mike Weir, Thomas Bjorn, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Bart Bryant, Scott Verplank, Charles Howell III, J.J. Henry, Tom Lehman, J.B. Holmes, Fred Couples, Tim Herron, Sean OHair and Kenny Perry.

If Goydos remains in the top 50 as of March 26, nine days in advance of the Masters, he will get an automatic invitation to Augusta.

Goydos, who has battled injuries in recent years, hasnt played in any major championship since 2002.

There are 27 rookies on TOUR in 2007. There are 24 Australians on TOUR this year. The tallest player is 6-5 Jay Delsing. The shortest is 5-4 Gavin Coles..While winning at Sony last week, Goydos made 59 of 63 putts inside of 10 feet. Better yet, he sank six of 13 between 15 and 20 feet.

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