Jul
30
2014
Adam Scott looks to hold on to No. 1 spot in Akron
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Tour

 

Adam Scott has been the World No. 1 for a little over two months, and he has played excellent golf to hold on to the top spot. In his first event as No. 1, Scott defeated Jason Dufner in a playoff to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational. In addition, he finished in the top-10 at the U.S. Open (T9) and The Open Championship (T5).

Scott has met the challenge of being the world’s best player. At the pre-tournament presser for the WGC-Bridgestone, he said, “ So like I said, it’s been a fun run, and I’ve really enjoyed being No. 1. I’ll just keep trying to hold on to it for as long as I can. It would be lovely to get to a point where I don’t have to hold on to it, and I can have a week where I’m safe.”

The 11-time winner could have put the ranking out of reach for a while with a win at The Open, but a 73 on Friday hurt his chances. “Even if you get dealt the wrong draw, that’s not an excuse at all. I could have done better on Friday, I felt, in the wind. I made a couple of soft bogeys, which can easily happen in the wind.”

Despite the tough Friday at The Open, Adam is confident he can win another major soon. “I’m playing the best golf of my life. I want to take advantage of that. I’d be disappointed if I don’t win next week or early into next year. I think I can keep this window open for a bit longer.”

Scott’s road to greatness started when he won the 2011 Bridgestone with a long putter and Steve Williams on the bag. He has made a few other changes to his game, which includes placing more attention on the majors.

Today, Scott has attained the rare status of being a favorite at every tournament, and more importantly, he believes he should be winning.

“It’s a strange feeling, not being satisfied with fifth. It’s not a greedy thing. It’s just I expect myself to go and get in contention and have a chance with a couple holes to go.”

–Bernie D’Amato