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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 283
COVER STORY I live, and to see this kind of (wind) is not unusual at all, so it’s been a big benefit,” Bowditch said after winning. “I grew up in Noosa, back home in Australia, and it’s pretty windy, so I was sort of accustomed to it.” Cameron Smith echoed those statements last year, stating: “I’m from Australia ... We grow up in this kind of (wind).” Adam Scott became the first man to capture the “Texas Slam” by winning the PGA Tour events held in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth. Scott achieved something 14 players before him couldn’t – completing the slam when he won the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (which just so happened to be Hogan’s home course). “The Texas Slam ... that’s a good slam to start with,” Scott said. “I’ll see if I can find some kind of other slam eventually in my career.” Scott’s career has stalled badly since that victory, though. The Queenslander hasn’t won on the PGA Tour for 25 months, and he has fallen from World No.1 to No.59. His putting stats are more damning than ever and he appears completely frustrated with his game. “My putting is not quite there and that puts pressure on the irons which aren’t great,” Scott said after the Masters. “Something has got to change. I don’t know what it is but I have to have a think about it.” The PGA Tour returns to the Lone Star state this week and Scott is one eight Australians in the field for the Valero Texas Open. Scott is set to make his first tournament appearance since he attempted to defend his title in 2011 – and if he is to rediscover his best form, this is one of the events where he will likely do so. “I really enjoy playing in Texas,” Scott said after capturing the slam. “Something about the golf courses and the terrain and even the dirt, it reminds me a lot of places back in Australia. So it has a level of comfort.” Texas has been the birthplace of a myriad of golf’s superstars. Scott, however, will be hoping it becomes the location for his much-needed rejuvenation. Adam Scott completed the Texas Slam in 2014. He’s back in the Lone Star state this week.
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