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Golf Australia Express : July 2013 - THE OPEN
“I just can’t believe that Ididthat.Iamsuchan idiot. I just couldn’t hit a fairway all day.” REDEMPTION 1 DROP'EM Scotty would want to make hay while the sun is shining. Or, in his case, drain some putts while he’s still allowed to anchor the long stick. Scott averaged 1.69 putts per hole at last year’s Open— worse than the field average of 1.64. 5 (TH)REE-PAIR Scott needs to make the par 3s his own at Muirfield. Easier said than done for a bloke who has made birdie at the short holes less than 11% of the time on Tour this year. He recorded one bogey but only one birdie on par 3s at the 2012 Open, and his success this year could hinge on the four famous par 3s dotting the links layout. 2 BE GREENER Putting might have always been Scott’s Achilles heel, but with last year’s winner Ernie Els finding eight more greens in regulation than our boy, it’s Scott’s approach play that needs to lift the most. Scott found 49 of 72 greens last year—a 68% strike rate—well off Els’ impressive 57, or 79%. 3 LIMIT LOSSES Sometimes you’ve got to get down and dirty to survive, but Scott rates as one of the worst ‘scramblers’ on the PGA Tour. That is, when he misses the green in regulation, he struggles to salvage par. The Aussie is scrambling at just 55.56% of the time, ranking him way down in 132nd place in that statistic. Will need to be better to win at Muirfield. 4 STOP THE ROT When Scott struggles, he really struggles. At last year’s Open he was a picture of consistency until things started to unravel in the final round, and his bogeys can often come in clusters. He dropped shots at three of his first six holes in the final round at Royal Lytham, before shedding another four at the final four holes. FIXES for an OPEN 5 PREVIEW
June 2013-US OPEN
August 2013 - PGA Championship