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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 183
A nd now to the reason we’re here: Scott is a very real chance of claiming a second Masters title next month, and here’s why. In the lead-up to the 2013 Masters, Scott was ranked 149th on Tour for hitting greens in regulation, and while his putting hadn’t plumbed the depths to which it sank in 2015, it wasn’t where it is now. So far this season Scott ranks 17th on Tour for GIR. Now that he’s managing to marry arguably the game’s two most important statistics, a second green jacket is more than plausible. The bookies aren’t quite buying in, yet, with Scott installed on the sixth line of betting at $17 after his Honda Classic success. With Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day all listed at less than $10, Scott is the clear value bet. Importantly, the man himself believes. While at times last year Scott seemed at a loss to explain how he would dig himself out of his most disappointing funk since 2009, the new Scott is at one with his game. “My game’s come into a really good spot in the last year and now starting out this year,” he said after capturing his first title since May 2014. “We’ve been working hard to get it there because it was slipping a little bit, it was a bit loose last year, the consistency wasn’t there, and (I’ve) made some nice progress in all areas, especially, obviously noticeably on the greens and it paid off this year.” It might surprise you to learn that Scott’s 12 PGA Tour wins are the most by any player aged under 40. Listening to him speak post-tournament in Florida, it seems he’s approaching that place that only a very select few – like Phil and Tiger - ever reach, where major championships become the overwhelming motivation. 6 • SCOTT'S Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green stat is at 2.155 (ranked 2nd) • HIS Strokes Gained: Putting stat is 0.371 (ranked 50th), but when combined with his tee-to-green, brings his Strokes Gained: Total to 2.526 (ranked 1st on Tour) • SCOTT has made 5 cuts from 5 events, including one win and two 2nds • HIS greens in regulation stat is at 73.06 per cent (ranked 17th) • WITH a scoring average of 69.245 (ranked 2nd), only Phil Mickelson (69.033) has a better one • HIS 'proximity to the hole' ranking is 10th on Tour, meaning he not only hits the green in regulation – often – he hits it close, too Scott's improved putting has had the biggest effect on his results. See how he closed out the Honda Classic in the video, above. “THE KEY FOR ME NOW IS MANAGING MYSELF THROUGH THIS NEXT RUN OF BIG EVENTS AND UP TO THE MASTERS.” STATS THATMATTER
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