Adam Scott: Maybe a Not-So-Stupid-Captain’s Pick
By Stephanie Wei under General

Adam Scott is making International team captain Greg Norman look smart. Norman’s controversial captain’s pick was highly scrutinized — and rather surprising — considering Scott, once dubbed the next big thing, played downright awful this season.

But on Thursday, we saw indications that the slumping Scott is on the road to recovery. Paired with Ernie Els, Scott hit solid golf shots throughout the match. The two closed the match with consecutive birdies. On the 17th, Scott faced a 6-footer (gulp) for the win…and OMG, it went in! Scott/Els won 2&1 over O’Hair/Mahan.

Following the victory, Ernie praised Scott’s stellar play: “He hit it so good today. I had a great partner and obviously a great pick.”

Norman had mentioned that he hoped a good showing by Scott would jumpstart his confidence. And it appears it’s working:

Honestly, I haven’t felt like that for a while. Juices were really flowing and I had one of those feelings that, I mean, I used to have a lot of the time, and to get it this morning was fun. To smoke a drive down there felt even better. Yeah, I really enjoyed it. But it was hard work.

Now, the question is whether Scott can keep up the solid play, not just through this week, but going forward, too. Let’s hope so ‘cause it’s sure nice to see the former number-3 ranked player show up and play.

In Friday’s four-ball matches, he’s teamed with Retief Goosen — the two will be battling Phil Mickelson and Justin Leonard.

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