HOYLAKE, England – Over the past week, Adam Scott has spent about as much time at Royal Liverpool as the course’s grounds crew.
The world No. 1 arrived in town on Thursday and has played 18 holes every day. Well, except for Saturday – that day he logged 30 holes. Needless to say, he’s grown very comfortable, confident and familiar with Hoylake.
“It’s one of the weeks I look forward to most out of the whole year,” he said Tuesday. “I got to come and play the Open Championship course when it’s closed, the week before. It’s a real perk of the job, I think.”
In recent years, Scott has played a limited schedule in hopes of peaking four times a year. That helped him bag his first major, at the 2013 Masters, and he also was in contention at each of the past two Opens.
Many players opted to play the Scottish Open last week at Royal Aberdeen to get acclimated to the time change, the weather and conditions, and links golf, but Scott opted to practice and prepare in his own way.
“The way I see it – and I might be wrong – but why play that links when you can play this one?” he said. “I feel like I can come out here and learn the golf course I’m trying to perform on.”
It’s hard to argue with his plan, which has gotten him into contention at this event in recent years. In 2012, he was a lock to win until four consecutive bogeys to finish. Last year, he held the lead on Sunday before four bogeys in a row midway through the back nine. Those two close calls have given him added motivation.
“I think it does, for sure,” he said. “I feel like I’m playing some of my best golf at the moment, and I don’t know how long that’s going to last. So I’ve got to try to take advantage of that and win all the events that I’d really love to win, and this is certainly one of them.”