Williams: Scott promised to play NZ Open

Adam Scott listened to Steve Williams’ advice on the 10th green at Augusta National – and won the US Masters in a sudden-death playoff.

Now the popular Aussie might be forced to take Williams’ advice again and play in the $NZ500,000 New Zealand Open at the magnificent Clearwater Resort in Christchurch later this year.

Adam Scott Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Certainly New Zealand golf boss Dean Murphy is hoping Williams will be able to persuade Scott to play.

Murphy explained there has been talk of an agreement between Williams and Scott that he would play the NZ Open if he won a major with Williams on his bag.

Now Murphy is desperate to find out if Scott – and Williams – were serious.

“We’ve heard about the agreement and we’ll be catching up with Steve in the next couple of weeks for a general chat,” Murphy said.

“Certainly we’ll be raising that subject to see if there is any chance of making that work, either this year or in future years.

“We don’t know any more than that, at this stage, but we’ll certainly be asking the question.”

Winning the US Masters has seen Scott climb to No 3 in the world behind only Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

While no-one inside the world’s top 300 played in last year’s NZ Open, the prospect of having a player as popular and highly-rated as Scott there would be a tremendous boost for the tournament.

And while paying Scott an appearance fee would probably be out of the question – basically NZ Golf couldn’t afford to – they still have two things going for them – Williams and the timing of the tournament.

While dates for this year’s event are yet to be confirmed, it’s almost certain to be in November or early December, when Scott usually heads back home to play in Australia.

Scott played in the Australian Masters (which he won) and the Australian Open last year.

Should he repeat that program this year, there is definitely a window between them or immediately after them to slot in the New Zealand Open.

And hopefully attract Scott to Clearwater as well.