Scott Removed from Tigers Shadow


Even with the sun serving as a backlight, its relatively simple to match a shadowed swing to its professional owner ' at least for the more popular players.
Jim Furyk is no challenge. Ernie Els is too easy. Vijay Singhs lean will always give him away. Mike Weir has his waggle. And Phil Mickelsons five inches taller and a good 50 pounds heavier than Weir, so you can never mistake the two lefties even if they swung similarly.
Then theres Tiger Woods; there is no mistaking him when he is encompassed by the shadows.
That, however, may not be a good thing.
There was a time, not too long ago, when you could watch Woods from a distance, only to discover that you really werent watching Woods at all ' you were watching Adam Scott.
The two had ' had being the operative word ' eerily similar swings. Both swings were the combination of natural ability and flexibility, and the coaching of Butch Harmon.
Woods no longer applies this perfectly manufactured swing in competition, having replaced it with an inconsistent, work-in-progress model. Scott, on the other hand, still uses it. And if you were to see the two, side-by-side, on the practice range, there would be no mistaking whos who. In fact, it would look a lot like New Tiger next to Old Tiger.
Throughout most of his still pubescent professional career, Scott has drawn comparisons to Woods ' primarily due to their swings.
So it was only appropriate that Scotts first PGA Tour victory would come at the so-called Tiger Woods tournament, the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Though Woods doesnt act as tournament host, his Tiger Woods Foundation is the primary charitable beneficiary of the Deutsche Bank.
Scott, in on a sponsors exemption, established a TPC of Boston scoring record with a 9-under 62 in the second round and never looked back. He closed 67-66 to win by four over Rocco Mediate.
That was Scotts first win on tour. But not his last. This year, the four-time European Tour winner added to his PGA Tour total with victories at The Players Championship and the Booz Allen Classic.
His success at Sawgrass elevated the now 24-year-old into the rarefied air of legitimate major championship contenders. However, he shot 80-73 to miss the cut at the Masters and then shot back-to-back 75s to do the same at the U.S. Open.
The majors are set up so difficult now that if you're playing average it's so easy to shoot 80 out there. If you're playing well you can still shoot that. It just can get away from you. And that's what the guys who win and the guys who do well in these things, they don't let that happen, Scott said at the British Open.
The attitude that I'm taking into the majors, is that if I can play well and get myself in a position, there's no reason why I shouldn't win the tournament. I know I can. I finished it off at The Players Championship and a couple of others in the U.S. and in Europe, and beat some good fields. It's just that this has the added pressure of a major championship and it kind of defines people's career.
Scott handled that pressure a little better at Troon, tying for 42nd, and even better at the PGA Championship, where he tied for ninth.
As Scott approaches his maiden title defense, he enters a different player than he was a year ago. Then he was seen a Tiger Woods knock-off. Now, he's arguably the best player under the age of 25. And he has more wins on the year than Woods himself.
Woods, still in search of his first stroke-play win of the season (he tied for seventh here last year), and Vijay Singh will renew their battle for No. 1. They, along with Scott, are joined in the field by Jim Furyk, David Toms and David Duval.
This tournament was created specifically to be played on Labor Day weekend. It will start Friday and conclude Labor Day Monday.
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