Confidence returns for Adam Scott after Aussie win

By Associated PressDecember 10, 2009, 12:19 am

COOLUM, Australia – Golf got so bad for Adam Scott this year that he wondered if he’d ever get things back on track.

In January there was promise, beginning the year tied for second at the Sony Open in Hawaii. But then Scott’s golfing world caved in – he played 19 events on the PGA Tour, making the cut only nine times. His world ranking slid from No. 3 to just outside the top 70, and with it went his confidence.

“I know I have been humbled by the game this year,” Scott said Wednesday, three days after winning the Australian Open – his first title on home soil as a professional. “We’ve seen it so many times with different players. You think you’re on top of things and then all of a sudden you feel like you are rock bottom, or heading that way anyway.

“The mental side of the game has taken a toll on me this year,” he said, but “2010 … is looking a lot brighter than it was two months ago. That’s how fickle this game is. It turns around that quickly.”

Greg Norman, who Scott has referred to as his mentor in the past, made him a captain’s pick at the Presidents Cup in October. He only managed to pick up one point in the International team’s loss to the United States, but Norman said Scott played well.

From there, it’s been a return to form for the 29-year-old from Queensland, where he’ll tee off Thursday in the first round of the Australian PGA.

“At some point, you have to right the ship, or you keep going backwards,” Scott said. “I guess it wasn’t at the rock-bottom point, but at the point that I started to see some improvement in my game. When you see some improvement, the hunger can kick in, and that makes the workload easier. Seeing the results helps.”

After the Presidents Cup, he tied for third in the Singapore Open, then tied for sixth in the Australian Masters won by Tiger Woods. He finished tied for seventh in the Dubai World Championships and then claimed his five-shot victory over Stuart Appleby in the Australian Open last week at New South Wales Golf Club.

The Australian Open win lifted his ranking 20 places to No. 34, moving him comfortably inside the top 50 that brings an invitation to next year’s U.S. Masters.

“That was a bonus to firm up the schedule for next year, and an invite to the Masters is a great way to start next year,” Scott said. “I know what I am working towards in April.”

First, he’s concentrating on the Australian PGA, which will be played on a revamped Hyatt Regency course with six new opening holes.

Scott will be among the first groups off Thursday, playing the first two rounds with defending champion Geoff Ogilvy and rising Australian star Michael Sim, the U.S. Nationwide Tour player of the year.

That group is preceded by American John Daly, who’s playing the first two days with Australians James Nitties and Greg Chalmers.

“I generally can play good for stretches in the past, but I am playing very well,” Scott said. “My ball striking has been solid for a couple of months. If that continues around here, I should work my way into contention.”

Scott will be taking some extended time off after the PGA, and he’s looking forward to the break.

“I am just going to rest at home, not charge around and train too hard,” he said. “Probably kick back and watch some cricket.”

And tennis? His girlfriend, Serbian star Ana Ivanovic, is training in Queensland ahead of the early January tournaments that lead into the Australian Open.

“Yes, and watch some tennis, too,” he said, smiling.

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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.

Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.