Scott says yes to World Cup in Melbourne
Put a ‘tick’ beside Adam Scott. And maybe add a question mark beside world number one, Tiger Woods.
But you can probably put a strike through the likes of other superstars like Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.
Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Even the mouth-watering prospect of playing one of the world’s great layouts in Royal Melbourne two weeks in a row might not be enough to attract them.
Still US Masters champion Adam Scott says he’s ready to spearhead the Australian team at the revamped World Cup tournament in Melbourne in November.
Now we just need to find him a partner as rumours suggest our next highest-ranked player Jason Day might not make the trip Down Under from his US base.
That’s despite the face the biennial World Cup, from November 21-24 will offer the biggest purse ever for a tournament in Australia, $8m with $7m of that for the individual contest and $1m for the traditional two-man national teams’ element.
Scott has confirmed his support for the World Cup, and will back up the week after his Australian Masters title defence at the same course.
“It’s fantastic that a World Golf Championship-style event will be in Australia again,” Scott said.
“They’ve had great fields the last few years when it was played in China and hopefully it can draw some great players down to Australia too.
“Playing the same course twice (in consecutive weeks) is unusual.”
“You don’t see that very often. I think it will be fine playing back-to-back events there.”
“I’ll enjoy it, that’s for sure. Two weeks playing that course is a pleasure.”
World No.2 Rory McIlroy has all but ruled himself out, as has English star Lee Westwood.
And former world No.1 Luke Donald may instead choose to defend a title in Japan.
But Woods indicated he would like to play.
“I think it’s a fantastic course. It’s one of the best in the world. I’ve loved playing there,” he said, referring to his two Presidents Cup efforts at RM in 1998 and 2001.