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Great Scott does it again
Australia’s Adam Scott won the Barclays Singapore Open for the third time on Monday and the jackpot prize of US$1 million, the biggest on the Asian Tour. Scott, who lifted the title in 2005 and 2006, carded a final round 68 for a total of 17 under 267 and victory by three shots from Denmark’s Anders Hansen.
He gave his thoughts to a packed press conference at Senotsa Golf Club.
Q. Give us your thoughts on your win this week?
A. It was a great win but it was a tough week for us. Testing weather conditions with delays and even when we were on the course, it can get uncomfortable at times as it was not easy to play. Like Saturday’s round, the almost five and half hours delay was the most testing as it was difficult to get any rhythm going and that was a real grind. This course is also a grind, the back-nine was difficult. So to come out with 10 holes to go, I was in great shape but it’s never easy with the pressure of the tournament on the line and I left myself with some testing putts out there and struggled a little bit, but managed to hang on by making a good putt on the 15th. I’m thrilled to win here again as it’s an incredible event, to see it grow in the last six years to where it is now and the field that comes here every year, I’m just very happy to come out on top.
Q. It was a test of patience and concentration here this week, isn’t it?
A. It’s a long week. We arrived last Monday and we had a long week in China and to come out here to play a practise round on a new golf course, the Tanjong, pro-am and not get started till late on Thursday, it’s not an easy way to do it. It was a long week with a big test of concentration and somehow I managed to hang in there and I was testing myself a lot in that respect as it’s easy to let your mind wonder when it’s so hot and taking a long time out there.
Q. Has this win now proven that your game is back you want it to be?
A. It’s definitely on the right track but we are always working on something. That’s the funny thing about golfers, we are never completely satisfied for me anyway. But this is very satisfying. There’re always things that I want to keep working on but I feel like my game is in good place. I’v e been saying that all year and it’s really down to how I putt and again today, there’s room for improvement but still I did a good job this week.
Q. After this win, you’ll be reassessing your goals and looking at the Majors next year. That is something which you would really like on your CV?
A. I definitely want to put something on there. You just want your game to be in good shape when you get to Augusta or the US Open, the British Open, PGA Championship. Obviously, I haven’t prepared myself very successfully over the past years but I sit back at the end of every year and look back at what I’ve learnt and how I can do things better and if I need to do them differently, I’ll do that in a couple of weeks when the season’s over. I like where my game has gone this year as I’ve seen improvements so whether I had success with victories or not, I’ve seen improvements and I’ve always judged myself with successes by winning. To win twice this year certainly feel good.
Q. When you three-putted on the 14th, did you feel like you’ve opened the doors for others?
A. It was my second three-putt on the back-nine and at that point, I had no idea of what the scores were on the leaderboard. But I knew where Ian was and I could assume that someone in front was doing okay. 15th was a huge hole. I hit the ball beautifully and I hit every shot where I needed it to be. I let myself down on 10th and 14th with my putts. But I came back and made one on 15th which was huge as it gave myself a little breathing space. 16th and 17th, you can get into trouble before you know it and I managed to avoid it and to come up well on the last was nice.
Q. Do you see golf starting to evolve with so many tournaments happening around the world each week?
A. Golf is a global game and it’s growing fast in this region. The European Tour is as close to a world tour as we can get. I think the whole idea of the world tour kind of went out of the window, 10-15 years ago. We do have a lot of golf tournaments around the world each week and I love seeing the game going everywhere and the good players travelling everywhere to play the game. We’re really lucky as golfers as we have many options.
Q. What’s it like lifting the trophy for the third time?
A. It’s a new experience for me as it’s the first time I’ve never won three times so it feels good. I have a good run at Sentosa and it’s hard to believe that I play well here every year. I’m very proud to win the National Open and these are the kind of events that you dream of winning when you’re growing up as a kid.
Q. You must be proud of yourself, able to last the distance like Manny Pacquiao. Do you see him like a form of inspiration for you?
A. He’s incredible. He made it look easier than me. I don’t know how much inspiration I got from him but I know I picked the right sport, golf and not boxing and I don’t want to get anywhere near Manny Pacquiao. It was a long week and I had to survive. I knew that I had to hit a lot of good shots and not get into too much trouble. Fortunately I swung the club very nicely today and that made it a little easier for me to hang in there and go the distance.