Adam Scott’s resurgence returns to a happy hunting ground this week as the 2016 champion sets his sights on a second title at The Honda Classic.
The famed Champion course at PGA National in Palm Beach, Florida bares its teeth when the wind blows its strongest where Scott and Stuart Appleby are the only two Aussies to taste success in this tournament.
Scott is joined in the field by five other Aussies with Cameron Smith coming off a top-10 finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship and Rod Pampling, Matt Jones, Curtis Luck, Cameron Davis and Kiwi Danny Lee also teeing it up.
The subject of the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in December will likely be a hot topic in Scott’s group as the world No.31 – and current No.9 in Internationals standings – plays alongside good friend and Internationals captain Ernie Els and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Following an extended break over Christmas, Scott backed up his runner-up finish at the Farmers Insurance Open with a tie for seventh at the Genesis Open’s last start and has regularly contended at PGA National.
In addition to his win three years ago, Scott has finished inside the top-15 in each of his four appearances since 2014 and putting with the flagstick in seems to be translating into better results on the green.
A premium ball-striker, Scott is currently ranked 18th in Strokes Gained: Putting on the PGA TOUR and has made ground on the field with his flagstick in each of his past four starts.
A hot week with the putter in Mexico saw Smith climb from 36th to 20th in the Strokes Gained: Putting statistic, a nice confidence boost at a course where par saves are integral in maintaining momentum.
The Champions Tour moves to Tucson, Arizona this week where David McKenzie is the sole Australian in a field that also includes Major League Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz.
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