Sydney - Adam Scott admitted on Wednesday that his final
hole bogey to hand Rory McIlroy the Australian Open in 2013 still hurts as he
prepares for another crack at his home tournament.
The world number seven was leading by a stroke with one hole
to play three years ago but dropped a shot at the last as McIlroy holed a
16-foot birdie putt for a dramatic victory.
"I'd like to get a win here at Royal Sydney after what
happened a few years ago," the Australian said. "That burns a little
"I made an error on the last hole when I couldn't
afford to. It was a shame because I'd had such a great run but maybe a good
motivator for me this week to get out and try to do it all again."
Former world number one Jordan Spieth is seen as Scott's
main obstacle this week, with the American double-major winner back following a
seven-week break from golf since the Ryder Cup.
Spieth romped to a six-shot victory here in 2014 with his
title defence last year falling one shot short when he and Scott were joint
runners-up behind Australian Matt Jones, who is not defending his crown this
Scott, who has had a stellar 2016 but has not won since
early in the year at the Cadillac Championship, has Tiger Woods' former caddie
Steve Williams on the bag and is determined to be in the hunt come Sunday.
"You don't need much more motivation than playing for
the Australian Open trophy," he said.
"That's a big one for any Aussie. Even after all these
years of playing all around the world, coming back and playing here is a big