Hot dogs for Scott if it wasn’t for his short game
Adam Scott tees it up in tonight’s Honda Classic, an event he brilliantly captured five years ago, joking that if it were not for his short-game, he’d be selling hot dogs.
Scott’s one-shot victory over Spaniard Sergio Garcia was the 12th of his now 14 PGA Tour victories with the proud Australian heading south the very next week to win the WGC – Cadillac Championship.
Adam Scott with the 2016 Honda Classic trophy (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
Scott’s back-to-back victories at PGA National and Doral was the second occasion in his illustrious career he achieved such a feat after winning both the 2013 Australian PGA and Australian Masters crown.
This week it will be a 32nd career title Scott is targeting despite some concern for his long game. The good news is the Queenslander placed second overall last week in ‘Driving Distance’ with an average TPC Sawgrass drive of 308-yards en route to finishing inside the top-50.
“My overall game is not really where I want it, to be honest, but it’s always nice returning to places you’ve had success,” he said.
“This week’s course is a very demanding golf course, so it’s going to certainly test every aspect of my game. I’m not quite on top of my long game at the moment, and it’s a bit of a work in progress, but playing today it was a little bit better than it was Sunday at TPC, so hopefully it’s moving in the right direction.”
With the Masters now just three weeks away, it prompted Scott to single out what aspect of his game was sharp.
“My short game is fantastic at the moment. I mean, for sure the best consistently it’s ever been, which is fortunate, otherwise I’d be selling hot dogs, not playing golf if I didn’t have one,” he said smiling broadly.
“But I’m not really where I want to be with my long game. I can sit here and bore you with details why, but the fact is it’s just not good enough. In the big picture of things with Augusta in mind, I think if I can make some progress this week, I’ve got two weeks of practice which I really, really need to be ready for Augusta, and I still believe I can be.”
“With the golf swing and ball-striking being kind of the strength of my game for my entire career, I believe it can come back fairly quickly with a little bit of work on the range the next few weeks.”
At the completion of the Honda Classic, Scott is taking a fortnight off ahead of teeing-up in the 8th April commencing Masters.
And it’s undersood Australia’s current top-ranked player will be spending the following two weeks honing his game on the Georgia golfing gem.