One year on, Adam Scott again a major contender at British Open

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    Adam Scott is poised to dramatically lift Australia’s sagging sporting stocks overseas when he tees off with Tiger Woods in the British Open at Muirfield tonight.

    Having watched England maul Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lords, and the Reds limply bow out of the Super Rugby finals series, Scott looms as the shining light at the end of the tunnel.

    He’s three shots adrift of leader Lee Westwood, and one behind Woods when they tee off as the second-last pairing.

    This time last year Scott butchered a four-shot lead with just four holes to play, surrendering the coveted claret jug to Ernie Els.

    Since then Scott’s won his first major, the US Masters last April.

    But an Australian hasn’t won the Open since Greg Norman at Royal St George’s in 1993 – two long decades ago.

    Westwood will be thinking exactly the same. An Englishman hasn’t won since Nick Faldo in 1992 at Turnberry.

    Playing at the tail of the field will give Westwood the advantage of knowing exactly what his closest rivals are doing from the very first hole.

    So too Scott, and Woods, who will command the biggest galleries on what promises to be a memorable final day, with Muirfield baring its teeth.

    The big question is, can the just-turned 33-year-old Scott keep it together to remain in genuine contention?

    He’s had a bad reputation for piling on triple or double bogeys at critical times. Tonight will be as critical as it gets.

    This is his 50th major appearance, and he’s only finished inside the top ten on nine occasions.

    The plus tonight will be partnering Woods for the obvious side issue.

    And that’s the presence of supremo caddy Steve Williams, formerly Woods’ bag-man until he was fired two years ago, and since then the Kiwi has teamed up with Scott.

    That powerful presence will affect Woods far more so than Scott, and there will be tension throughout the 18 holes.

    Woods is feeling the pressure of not having won a major since the 2008 US Open when Williams was on his bag.

    That’s a staggering 16 majors ago, well short of what we have come to expect from Woods.

    So let’s ride Adam Scott home, and if it’s not to be his night, then make it Lee Westwood’s first major.

    He too deserves it.

    David Lord
    David Lord

    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn’t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world’s great sporting spectacles

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    • July 21st 2013 @ 1:07pm
      Brendo said | July 21st 2013 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

      Faldo won at Muirfield in 1992.

    • July 21st 2013 @ 1:16pm
      Johnno said | July 21st 2013 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

      All the people who were piping away saying how good the US masters was and how it;s the best golf tournament in the World. Miss the point about the British Open, and clearly don’t realize it’s prestige and how highly it’s valued by the players. It’s a true Link’s golf course, opens the tournament up to all players, and is the oldest golf tournament. To me it’s still equal if not 1, ahead of the US masters, and still is going strong, been an exciting open.

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        July 21st 2013 @ 4:44pm
        SandBox said | July 21st 2013 @ 4:44pm | ! Report

        agree: the Open #1, Masters #2, US open #3, and daylight to the US PGA at #4 – wish it would become a floating major alternate years between US and rest of the World. Golf is such a world game now that having 3/4 Majors solely in the US is a travesty

        • July 21st 2013 @ 7:54pm
          Felix said | July 21st 2013 @ 7:54pm | ! Report

          Agreed gents. The Masters is great because of the same track being played each year, but seriously half the field are not in contention and roll out of bed, slap in the false teeth and roll up for one more 86 around Augusta.

          The British has the prestige.

          • July 21st 2013 @ 8:41pm
            SandBox said | July 21st 2013 @ 8:41pm | ! Report

            Yes masters sponsored by Depends and various anti-inflammatories

    • July 21st 2013 @ 4:39pm
      Worlds Biggest said | July 21st 2013 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

      Come on Scotty, another major please !

      That said it wouldn’t surprise me if Westwood won to continue the golden period of English / UK sport over the last 12 months.

    • July 21st 2013 @ 6:18pm
      Robert said | July 21st 2013 @ 6:18pm | ! Report

      I know it has nothing to do with the golf,but because you have not written anything about the cricket for a while,this is my chance to ask a perplexing question.How are you feeling about Haddin’s ability to catch anything on this tour?Is he fulfilling your man crush needs?

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    • July 21st 2013 @ 6:43pm
      Oracle said | July 21st 2013 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

      How’s Brad Haddin going David?

    • July 22nd 2013 @ 5:33am
      Mickyt said | July 22nd 2013 @ 5:33am | ! Report

      Firstly, it’s NOT the British Open. It’s the Open championship.

      Secondly I am just back from Muirfield watching the action live. Scott had the lead but mickelson played an exceptional final round. Too good. Woods could not hold a putt. He is mere mortal. Links golf is the purest test. Listening to Peter allis (spelling) has been
      I’ve Richie is to cricket. Superb.

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