Adam Scott ready to attack at PGA Championship
Victorious Adam Scott is hoping a low-key approach will restore his energy before going back on the attack at this week’s US PGA Championship.
Fresh off winning his first World Golf Championships event in Ohio on Sunday, thanks in part to an opening 62, Scott confirmed he’d stick with his new aggressive approach as he chases a maiden major title from Thursday’s first round in Atlanta.
But first he’s doing his best to rest up and come back to earth after his emotional four-shot triumph.
While it’s tough to win any golf tournament, it’s even tougher to win two in a row and Scott also appreciates major championship conditions mean he’ll have to temper his attack to some extent.
“There’s always going to be a little energy letdown because being in contention can take a lot out of you mentally and physically,” said Scott, who has risen to No.9 in the rankings after his WGC success.
“I think it’s important that I have a quiet few days before Thursday so I can be ready to roll and 100 per cent focused on putting in a great first round.
“The plan is to be aggressive from the start again.
“It’s nice when it works out but I got to be careful as I get a feeling it’s going to be a tough set up this week and being too aggressive can be dangerous.”
Players are expecting a much tougher test at Atlanta Athletic Club than the last major in the United States, the US Open at Congressional Country Club, where Rory McIlroy won by eight shots at 16-under-par.
“The rough will be up so giving yourself chances from the fairway is important,” Scott said.
“Getting the ball in play and then picking your aggressive moments is the key.”
The win in Akron was the first time Scott had gone wire-to-wire in his eight US PGA Tour wins, but his sixth win after leading or sharing the lead following three rounds.
“I like being out in front. I consider myself a good frontrunner,” said Scott.
“If you look at all the tournaments I’ve won, most of them have been from out in front.
“To win a World Golf Championship is what I set out to do this year. Along with the majors, I have had a real focus on the big events and I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far of getting myself in the hunt.”
In the season’s majors to date, Scott finished tied second at the Masters but missed the cut in the US Open before finishing tied 25th in the British Open.
In the season’s other big events, the 31-year-old missed the cut at The Players Championship, was tied 33rd in the WGC-Match Play after a first round exit but finished tied sixth at the WGC-CA Championship before winning the WGC-Bridgestone.
“The goal is to give myself a chance to win these big events. It’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole career and, for whatever reason, I haven’t performed my best,” he said.
“But I really feel like I’ve got a good plan in place to get myself ready for these events now.
“A lot of credit goes to Brad (Malone), my coach. He’s done a lot of great things for my game. Hopefully, I can take this form and play my way in with a chance this week.”
Eight other Australians are in the field including world No.7 Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley and former PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington.© AAP 2013
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