Scott makes PGA Tour return at Wells Fargo
(Wilmington, NC:) As much as Adam Scott tries he just cannot get away from golf.
He was born in Woods Drive, Adelaide, Australia and owns a house in Crans-Montana in Switzerland named Turnberry while another house he owns in Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast in Australia is named Muirfield Place.
Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“All my life I have not been able to get away from golf being born in Woods Drive, a house in Switzerland named Turnberry and owning a house back in Australia on Muirfield Place, so I cold not make all this up if I tried,” joked Scott ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Wilmington in North Carolina.
Scott is making his return to competition since sharing ninth place at the Masters.
The current World No. 11 is contesting his ninth Wells Fargo Championship since making his debut in 2005 with his best finish a year later in finishing third.
However, this year the event, and boasting a vintage Wells Fargo stagecoach on display in front of the clubhouse, is being played for the first occasion at the Eagle Point course laid out close to the Atlantic shoreline in Wilmington.
The $US 7.2m event has switched for just one year given the regular venue, Quail Hollow in suburban Charlotte, is hosting August’s PGA Championship.
Scott talked of the toughness of the Eagle Point course ahead of teeing up in the $US 7.2m event.
“The winds play a big factor. I mean, the greens are actually bigger than they appear from where you are hitting the shots, it is just that none of us are too familiar with the golf course so you do not know how much room you have to move,”he said.
“I think the biggest thing for me is visualising what the greens actually look like. When I am back in the fairway, a lot of the greens go up to the middle and drop off to the back, but there is a bit of room to move and over the back of some greens is actually not too bad even if the pins at the back because you are chipping back up the hill.”
“There is a lot of slopes going on and it is really around the greens that is going to make it tough. And then if the wind does get up, you can hit your shot just slightly off and the wind pushes it five yards, it can catch a slope and there is a lot of stuff moving away from where the pin might be.”
“If you get on the wrong side of a few of the tiers, there is not much you are going to be able to do but chip it to 30 feet.”
“So you are going to have to be really sharp with all aspects of your game this week from coming in with the second shots to pitching, because you are going to hit some good shots that are going to fade off the green, your are going to have to chip well, they are going to be tough.”
Scott was asked about his season and with his Augusta showing being his best finish in the six events he has contested on the PGA Tour.
“I have had a very quiet season. I played well at the Masters, which was obviously important,” he said.
“Unfortunately, Sunday was not exactly what I wanted (shooting a 73). I was just a little out of sorts and could not get it going and did not challenge for the jacket.”
“But other than that, there were lots of positives for me to take out of the Masters. I was finally hitting the ball well tee to green and just trying to put it all together and that worked out there nicely.”
“So I feel like the game is coming into good shape.”
“The next two weeks are very important. This is more than a tuneup for The Players Championship, this is the way, the greens are the firmness of them, this is major level concentration out there or you are going to run up some numbers pretty quickly around these greens.”
“So it will be a good week to test exactly where your game is at here going into a very big tournament next week.”