Scott's alter ego

By Randall MellAugust 9, 2011, 7:42 pm

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Call him Adam Scott’s alter ego.

Steve Williams’ brusque and bold persona as a caddie is serving Scott well so far, even as those traits kick up controversy the soft-spoken Scott would prefer to avoid.

Though Scott has made it clear to Williams he wants his clubs to do the talking at the PGA Championship this week, he’s finding fuel in Williams’ bulldog persona

The dust-up Williams created taking a dig at his former boss, Tiger Woods, in the wake of Scott’s WGC-Bridgestone victory Sunday drifted with Scott to Atlanta Athletic Club on Tuesday.

“Look, we’ve had our chat about the whole thing, and he feels the way he feels,” Scott said. “I just took what he said, again, as confidence for me. If he really feels that was one of his great wins, then I’m kind of flattered, and it fills me with confidence. I think that’s what his intention is, to be honest.”

Scott, 31, is finding strength in the tough-guy temperaments of two supporters as he tries to win his first major championship.

Scott said his boyhood idol, Greg Norman, is another large factor in rebounding from his swoon in 2009, when he missed 10 of 19 PGA Tour cuts.

“Greg Norman in the last couple years has probably shown he has more belief in me than I’ve had in myself,” Scott said after his news conference Tuesday. “I like to think I’m a bulldog when I get in the hunt, but it’s about getting in the hunt more.

“Greg is a feisty guy, and it’s good for me to have guys like that around me.”

Scott says he’s by nature a shy fellow away from the golf course, but the Williams-Norman combo fills his world with lots of bravado.

Before Williams was fired by Woods, before Williams teamed with Scott to win at Bridgestone, the caddie confronted Scott in no-nonsense fashion. Williams bluntly told Scott that he believed he had underachieved in his career.

“Yeah, he did say that,” Scott said. “I guess I take that as a compliment, that he thinks I’ve got the ability to do better.

“He was very honest with me in his opinion of my game and everything, and he thinks I've got the game to win majors.”

Scott, an Aussie phenom predicted to a become star before he even hit the PGA Tour, has won eight PGA Tour titles and eight European Tour titles, but he was never a factor coming down the final stretch of a major championship until he tied for second at the Masters in April.

“Look, I mean, yeah, if I was being a harsh critic of myself, I could say I've underachieved,” Scott said. “I feel like, sometimes, I play as good as anyone, and it's never been at the biggest tournaments, and that's really what I tried to change this year, not just from what Steve had to say. I felt like my game had really taken some big steps last year. And now putting better, I feel like, OK, I need to be performing in majors, World Golf Championships, The Players, all the big events.  I feel that's where my game's at.”

With Scott struggling two years ago, Norman gave him a boost choosing him as a captain’s pick to play for the International Presidents Cup team. Scott said he was so frustrated that year he probably would have packed his clubs away and took the late fall and winter off if Norman hadn’t come calling. Scott played well for Norman and the Internationals and built on that success.

With the long putter in his bag this year, Scott took a giant step forward. The addition of Williams feels like another important piece.

“I think he's a great motivator for me so far,” Scott said. “Obviously, when you start fresh with a new caddie, any time, it's a good vibe and a good rapport. We are getting on really well, and you've got to ride that. But then the longer you stay with someone, it's important to keep that going. He's a very motivated guy. He's out here to win. He loves winning. I think that's good for me, to keep my motivation going. He can certainly push me. And so far, he's just brought a lot of confidence toward me in everything he says, and the way he acts.

“Filling me with confidence is a good thing. That's a good thing for a caddie to do to a player. So far, it's been fantastic.”

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Molinari holds off McIlroy to win BMW PGA

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 3:20 pm

VIRGINIA WATER, England - Rory McIlroy left his victory charge too late at Wentworth as Francesco Molinari delivered a clinic in front-running to win the BMW PGA Championship by two shots with a 4-under 68 on Sunday.

McIlroy, who led by three shots at halfway, entered the final round tied for the lead with Molinari on 13 under par but a Sunday shootout at the European Tour's flagship event never really materialized.

Instead, as McIlroy toiled to a 70 that was propped up by birdies on the par fives at Nos. 17 and 18, Molinari went bogey-free for a second straight day to claim the fifth victory of his career and the biggest since a World Golf Championship in Shanghai in 2010.

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The Italian only dropped two shots all week and finished on 17-under 271, with McIlroy alone in second place. Alex Noren (67) and Lucas Bjerregaard (65) were tied for third place a stroke further back.

Molinari moved into the automatic qualifying places for the Ryder Cup, which he hasn't played since 2012 when Europe beat the United States in the so-called ''Miracle at Medinah.''

He'd previously had five top-10 finishes in the last six years at Wentworth, including being runner-up to Noren last year.

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Four top finishers in Japan qualify for The Open

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:19 am

IBARAKI, Japan – Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for The 147th Open.

Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour.

Michael Hendry of New Zealand and Japanese golfers Masahiro Kawamura and Masanori Kobayashi were tied for second one stroke off the pace to also qualify for The Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, from July 19-22.

Hendry, who led the tournament coming into the final round, came close to forcing a playoff with Akiyoshi but dropped a shot with a bogey on the final hole when he needed a par to draw level.

Hendry will make his second appearance at The Open after qualifying at the Mizuno Open for the second year in a row.

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Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.

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Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

“I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

“I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.

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"Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

"I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.