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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 183
A DAM Scott’s drought-breaking victory at the Honda Classic means more to the Australian than you might realise. As Scott’s stars finally aligned for the first time in almost two years to deliver his victory at the Honda Classic, all was finally at peace for the Queenslander, who endured a (by his standards) torrid 2015 campaign. Sure, he’s survived the first year of fatherhood, after he and his wife welcomed their daughter Bo a year ago. You need only glance around to find a gallery full of sportsmen who’ll spruik the positive impact that an addition to the family has had upon their game. Scott’s also launched himself into the world’s top 50. Before you jump down our throats, we know he’s now ranked ninth in the world rankings. But his victory in Florida came because he’s finally wrangled control of his putting, and he now sits 50th on Tour for ‘strokes gained putting’, up from 74th prior to the event. The significance of that statistic can’t be understated. Last year he sat 158th while predominantly using his beloved anchored putter. Even in his Masters-winning year of 2013, Scott was ranked 101st on Tour. While there are clearly some technical considerations behind that rapid improvement, it also begs a question about how much of Scott’s putting woes were due to his technical failings, and how much resided above the shoulders. Consider, for a moment, that Scott led the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting in 2004 – the first year the Tour began collecting that statistic – putting him ahead of second-placed Tiger Woods. And there was no sign of an elongated club near the greens that year.
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