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Scott eyes career Grand Slam

2013-11-06 14:09
Adam Scott (AFP)

Gold Coast - World number two Adam Scott said on Wednesday he was eyeing a career Grand Slam after bagging the US Masters as he prepared to tee off at the Australian PGA Championship.

Back on home soil after a stellar breakthrough year, the 33-year-old Australian said he wants to join the five men to have won all four current majors - the Masters, US Open, British Open and US PGA Championship.

"As long as I keep the intensity in practice and preparation I think I can win more majors, win another Masters, win (British) Opens, hopefully US Opens and PGAs," Scott told reporters at the Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

"I'd love to win the career slam, the four majors, and put myself in that really small group of players who have won all four majors.

"That'd be a good goal but that's a long way off at the moment. I've only got one so there's a lot of work to do."

Only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen have won all four of the current majors.

Scott has been in irresistible form this year and said his more immediate goal was to add a PGA Championship victory to his wins at last year's Australian Masters and the 2009 Australian Open.

"This is the most important event for me down here in Australia. It's the one I haven't won," he said of his first tournament back on home territory since clinching the Masters' green jacket in August.

Scott has his hands full with a tough field, although his life has been made easier with the late withdrawal of world nine Brandt Snedeker, who pulled out with a knee injury sustained at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last week.

American Rickie Fowler is shaping as a key challenger and the 24-year-old, who beat Irishman Rory McIlroy for his first victory on the USPGA in the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012, said he wanted to follow in Scott's footsteps.

"I mean, if I have to wait that long, so be it," he said of winning a major. "I'll wait as long as I have to for a Green jacket."

Fowler showed huge promise when he first burst onto the scene but he has won just once more since beating McIlroy and he is keen to put that right.

"A lot of it is just the learning experience," he said.

"I played well early when I got out on tour and had a lot of confidence and just rode with that. Then as soon as you start to see possibly, maybe a couple of bad swings at the wrong time or a couple of tough finishes, you can lose that confidence.

"It's going to be a fun week and I'm looking forward to hopefully playing against some of the good local guys down here and Adam on Sunday," he added.

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