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Scott hopes to stay hot; Rory jokes bring back anchoring

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Even Adam Scott knows that form the likes of which he has flashed over his past two starts won’t last forever. He just hopes it can last a little while longer.

Scott tees it up this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in search of his third win in as many starts, following one-shot wins at both the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship. After going all of 2015 without a victory, the Aussie is now in the enviable position of building on a winning streak.

“I don’t really know how long I can keep it up,” Scott said. “You’ve got to take advantage of it while it’s there, that’s the big thing, and obviously I feel confident that I can play well this week. Nothing feels any different than when I left Doral.”

Scott’s win in Miami capped a three-week stretch that also included a runner-up finish at the Northern Trust Open. After playing in Ernie Els’ charity event on March 7, he went home to the Bahamas and didn’t touch a club for four straight days, intent on recharging before beginning another busy stretch of tournament play.


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“I’ve got two big weeks here now, and then a week of preparation for the Masters and then the Masters,” he said. “So the next month to me is pretty full-on. To have four days off was very nice.”

Scott’s confidence remains sky-high, particularly on the greens. After battling through a transition away from anchoring, he now appears to have found his groove with a short putter and says he is “as confident as ever” on the greens.

His recent performance tends to support that notion, and it led Rory McIlroy to call for a potential rule change in an effort to slow down Scott.

“I think we should bring the anchored putting back,” McIlroy joked. “I was all for getting rid of it. Now I’m all for keeping it.”

There’s reason to think that Scott’s form will continue this week at Bay Hill, where he fired a course-record 62 in 2014 and led by seven shots through 36 holes before finishing third. For Scott, though, the plan is just to keep his head down and see how long the streak can last.

“To use examples, it’s not the best but, you know, Tiger kept it running for about 10 years,” Scott said with a grin. “Maybe I’ve got a couple more weeks in me.”