PGA Tour

Great Scott!

2016-02-29 15:57
Adam Scott (Supplied)

Miami - Adam Scott secured his 12th PGA Tour victory at The Honda Classic at PGA National on Sunday.

Last week at the Northern Trust Open, Scott came equal second, one shot behind Bubba Watson.

This week at The Honda Classic, Scott turned the tables on his rivals to beat Sergio Garcia by a solitary shot.

It was an epic day of golf for the amicable Aussie, topping off a very successful week.

At the end of day three, Scott was asked by a member of the crowd how many majors he was going to win this year. He held up two fingers (not in the "up yours" version, but more to the side!).

He carried this confidence into the final day, carding an even par 70 to finish on 9-under, with Garcia falling just short on 8-under, after birdieing the 18th.

This is only Scott's third tournament using the short putter after the R&A banned the use of the long putter in 2016.

Scott attributed his new short putting technique to fellow Aussie golf pro, Brett Rumford.

Rumford shared with Scott his unique putting grip during the Australian Masters at the end of 2014.

Scott tried the technique with the short putter briefly in 2015 before returning to the long putter.

One of Scott's stated goals at the end of 2015, was to become the world's best putter by April this year.

He is getting closer to his goal with every round. 

His confidence with the flat stick appears to be also growing.

"I hit a lot of great putts again today."

His improvements with the putter are not going unnoticed by golfing aficionados.

NBC's Gary Koch gushed on air during the final round, "If Adam Scott continues to putt anywhere near the way we saw him this week, I think he is in for a big year."

He is clearly motivated to continue the improvements in his game.

"It's been a lot of hard work and I feel like I've made a lot of good moves in the last six months and I want to keep it going."

Scott has started previous new seasons strongly. However, he feels that he is more able to capitalise on this powerful start now.

"I know how to use the confidence of a win early in the season better now with my experience."

Scott was able to lessen the pressure on himself for the tough six weeks ahead culminating with the Masters at Augusta.

"It's amazing. Hopefully I haven't peaked too early!"

I also second that sentiment Adam regarding peaking too early! 

I look forward to seeing him in action during 2016 as his putting continues to improve along with his already high standard of ball striking.

I would suggest that all the young guns (Fowler, Day, Spieth, McIlroy) will be keeping a very watchful eye on Adam Scott over the next few months.

What a great 2016 is in store for the game of golf!

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