Anticipation Builds for Adam Scott’s Australian-Inspired Masters Dinner

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Here in New England, the ground is still frozen and covered with snow. In fact, some of us haven't seen a blade of grass since early January.  However, the Masters… that hopeful harbinger of spring… is just a few weeks away.

The final field is taking shape and Tiger Woods is the early pick to win.  Though the recent Augusta ice storm… and the unfortunate demise of the iconic Eisenhower Tree… has forever altered the landscape of the 17th hole, the storied course was spared further damage and will undoubtedly shine as it does each year.  
In Adam Scott, the 2014 Masters has an exceptionally popular defending champion. The talented Aussie is undeniably affable and extremely attractive, however some former Masters winners… who'll be dining with him at the Masters Champion's Dinner the Tuesday before the tournament… may be a tad anxious about possible menu items.

Though the final spread has yet to be revealed, Scott has let slip a couple of hints, and kangaroo, bugs and that bitter, dung-colored yeast paste known as Vegemite are a few of the more… exotic… Australian-inspired options he's alluded to.  It all brings to mind that awkward moment a couple of years ago when Champion's Dinner guests picked up the South African-inspired menu of 2011 winner, Charl Schwartzel and spotted three rather disconcerting words: monkey gland sauce.  It turns out that sauce was simply a fruit chutney infused with ginger and blended with worcestershire sauce, however the prospect of a meal that included primate excretions may have left some guests with… a bad taste in their mouths.

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Rory McIlroy ends season on a high

Rory McIlroy pipped Adam Scott to win the Australian Open and claim his first tournament victory of 2013, with the Northern Irishman clinching the victory on the final hole at Royal Sydney. After a season in which he has failed to produce anything like his best golf, McIlroy was delighted to have recorded a tournament win before the end of the year.

After starting the tournament as the strong favourite with Betfair.com, home-favourite Scott looked on course to win the Australian ‘Triple Crown’ by holding onto his lead during the final round. While McIlroy produced some impressive golf in Sydney, it was Scott who looked to be on his way to victory up until the dying moments of the tournament.

Despite a wobbly few moments on the back-nine that may have worried those who backed the Aussie with Betfair before the tournament, Scott managed to keep McIlroy at bay up until the 18th which he begun a shot clear of the former world number one. A club selection error on the final hole of the tournament saw Scott finish with a bogey while watching McIlroy notch up a birdie to steal the title from under the Aussie’s nose.

The Northern Irishman was obviously relieved to have secured the victory, admitting he had targeted winning a title before the end of a tough year.

“To be able to play your best golf when you need to, when you’re under pressure, you can’t ask for more. The perfect scenario was to achieve a win before the end of the season and thankfully I have done that,” admitted the world number six.

With the monkey now off his back before the end of the 2013, McIlroy will be able to head into the new season with some genuine belief that he can get himself back up the rankings and in the minds of Betfair customers ahead of the Masters.

Rory McIlroy ends season on a high

Rory McIlroy pipped Adam Scott to win the Australian Open and claim his first tournament victory of 2013, with the Northern Irishman clinching the victory on the final hole at Royal Sydney. After a season in which he has failed to produce anything like his best golf, McIlroy was delighted to have recorded a tournament win before the end of the year.

After starting the tournament as the strong favourite with Betfair.com, home-favourite Scott looked on course to win the Australian ‘Triple Crown’ by holding onto his lead during the final round. While McIlroy produced some impressive golf in Sydney, it was Scott who looked to be on his way to victory up until the dying moments of the tournament.

Despite a wobbly few moments on the back-nine that may have worried those who backed the Aussie with Betfair before the tournament, Scott managed to keep McIlroy at bay up until the 18th which he begun a shot clear of the former world number one. A club selection error on the final hole of the tournament saw Scott finish with a bogey while watching McIlroy notch up a birdie to steal the title from under the Aussie’s nose.

The Northern Irishman was obviously relieved to have secured the victory, admitting he had targeted winning a title before the end of a tough year.

“To be able to play your best golf when you need to, when you’re under pressure, you can’t ask for more. The perfect scenario was to achieve a win before the end of the season and thankfully I have done that,” admitted the world number six.

With the monkey now off his back before the end of the 2013, McIlroy will be able to head into the new season with some genuine belief that he can get himself back up the rankings and in the minds of Betfair customers ahead of the Masters.

Adam Scott and his Masters winning golf clubs

Adam Scott became the first Australian to win The Masters after beating Angel Cabrera in a play-off at Augusta National in April. Having posted eight top-ten finishes at majors, including three top-ten finishes at Augusta, it was a relief to see Scott finally realise his potential and win the Green Jacket.   Here are a few of the golf clubs in Adam Scott’s bag.

Driver: Titleist 913 D3

The 2013 Masters was the first time Scott used the 913 D3 (9.5 degree) in competition, although he continued to use his Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 shaft which he has used for years now, one of its kind and only for him. Most players don’t tend to make too many equipment changes before a major, but clearly the switch to the new driver paid dividends.

The key difference between the 913 D3 and its predecessor, the Titleist 910, is the newly developed face insert. The insert is designed to give improved ball speeds on off-centre strikes. The 913 delivers an 11 per cent increase in the maximum ball speed area on the face, resulting in 2 mph more ball speed that will produce an additional 4 to 6 yards that would not be achieved in the older 910 model.

Fairways: Titleist 910Fd

Scott also played with the Titleist 910Fd (15 degrees) fairway metal. It has a larger volume head design for enhanced distance and control from the tee compared to a traditional fairway metal, maximising the chances of hitting the fairway more often. It’s patented, SureFit Tour, dual-angle hosel technology provides the ability to make precise loft and lie adjustments to fine tune ball flight for more distance and accuracy.

Irons: Titleist MB Forged Irons + Titleist 712U Utility Iron

They say you learn more in defeat than in victory; this certainly seemed to be the case for Adam Scott having blown a commanding lead at the 2012 Open Championship to finish tied for second behind Ernie Els. Scott certainly did not let his nerves show during the Masters, hitting 83 per cent of greens in regulation on both the third and fourth round, and averaged the highest of any player with 76 per cent.

The tools behind his success are the Titleist MB Forged Irons. MB irons feature a uniform muscle shape that provides more mass behind the impact area to achieve the quintessential soft, solid feel. This weighting also produces consistent launch angle, backspin and ball speed in order to provide precise distance and shot control demanded by better players.

In addition, Scott used a Titleist 712U Utility Iron. The forged utility iron is designed to deliver consistency and control to high-ball speed players.

From April 2013 Titleist’s 712U utility iron was officially introduced for retail, not just as a Tour-only prototype.

Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X

All four major championships have now been won using belly or broomstick putters. For many, the anchoring ban can’t come soon enough.

Scott has been using Scotty Cameron putters for over a decade but moved from a regular putter to a broomstick in 2011 after some inconsistent performances. Scott’s move to a long anchored belly putter has clearly had a positive effect, moving up from 145th on the PGA Tour putting statistics to 78th before the Masters this year.

Scott’s Futura X prototype is crafted for him specifically following several rounds of design at the Cameron Putter studio. The putter is milled from aluminium and includes a balance bar and four tungsten weights that are positioned under four adjustable stainless steel weights in the far four corners of the putter giving it an extremely high resistance to twist at impact.

Adam Scott and his Masters winning golf clubs

Adam Scott became the first Australian to win The Masters after beating Angel Cabrera in a play-off at Augusta National in April. Having posted eight top-ten finishes at majors, including three top-ten finishes at Augusta, it was a relief to see Scott finally realise his potential and win the Green Jacket.   Here are a few of the golf clubs in Adam Scott’s bag.

Driver: Titleist 913 D3

The 2013 Masters was the first time Scott used the 913 D3 (9.5 degree) in competition, although he continued to use his Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 shaft which he has used for years now, one of its kind and only for him. Most players don’t tend to make too many equipment changes before a major, but clearly the switch to the new driver paid dividends.

The key difference between the 913 D3 and its predecessor, the Titleist 910, is the newly developed face insert. The insert is designed to give improved ball speeds on off-centre strikes. The 913 delivers an 11 per cent increase in the maximum ball speed area on the face, resulting in 2 mph more ball speed that will produce an additional 4 to 6 yards that would not be achieved in the older 910 model.

Fairways: Titleist 910Fd

Scott also played with the Titleist 910Fd (15 degrees) fairway metal. It has a larger volume head design for enhanced distance and control from the tee compared to a traditional fairway metal, maximising the chances of hitting the fairway more often. It’s patented, SureFit Tour, dual-angle hosel technology provides the ability to make precise loft and lie adjustments to fine tune ball flight for more distance and accuracy.

Irons: Titleist MB Forged Irons + Titleist 712U Utility Iron

They say you learn more in defeat than in victory; this certainly seemed to be the case for Adam Scott having blown a commanding lead at the 2012 Open Championship to finish tied for second behind Ernie Els. Scott certainly did not let his nerves show during the Masters, hitting 83 per cent of greens in regulation on both the third and fourth round, and averaged the highest of any player with 76 per cent.

The tools behind his success are the Titleist MB Forged Irons. MB irons feature a uniform muscle shape that provides more mass behind the impact area to achieve the quintessential soft, solid feel. This weighting also produces consistent launch angle, backspin and ball speed in order to provide precise distance and shot control demanded by better players.

In addition, Scott used a Titleist 712U Utility Iron. The forged utility iron is designed to deliver consistency and control to high-ball speed players.

From April 2013 Titleist’s 712U utility iron was officially introduced for retail, not just as a Tour-only prototype.

Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X

All four major championships have now been won using belly or broomstick putters. For many, the anchoring ban can’t come soon enough.

Scott has been using Scotty Cameron putters for over a decade but moved from a regular putter to a broomstick in 2011 after some inconsistent performances. Scott’s move to a long anchored belly putter has clearly had a positive effect, moving up from 145th on the PGA Tour putting statistics to 78th before the Masters this year.

Scott’s Futura X prototype is crafted for him specifically following several rounds of design at the Cameron Putter studio. The putter is milled from aluminium and includes a balance bar and four tungsten weights that are positioned under four adjustable stainless steel weights in the far four corners of the putter giving it an extremely high resistance to twist at impact.

Who will win the US Masters 2013?

The US Masters 2012 was won by Bubba Watson after an exciting play-off with South African Louis Oosthuizen following both golfers having an exceptional round on the final day and finsihing on -10.  The 33-year-old left-hander won at the second extra hole to claim his first major title. Peter Hanson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson finished in a three-way tie for third finishing on -8.  England’s Ian Poulter (69) finished seventh on -5, while Australian Adam Scott, last year’s runner-up, carded a 66 that included a hole in one on the 16th to finish -4.

England’s Justin Rose and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington finished in eighth with Adam Scott.

Pre-tournament favourites Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy ended a disappointing tournament tied on five over last year.  But that has no bearing on this year’s golf betting ahead of the US Masters 2013 where Tiger Woods is closing in on Rory McIlroy at the top of the official golf world ranking list; and after winning this year’s WGC Championship title for the seventh time, is now only one average point behind Rory McIlroy.  A victory at the US Masters would see Tiger Woods regaining the #1 world ranking he held for so long before injury and personal problems caused a meltdown in 2009.

The US Masters 2013
starts the week commencing Monday 8th April with the actual golf tournament beginning on Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th April at the famous Augusta Golf Course.

Is anyone prepared to bet against Tiger Woods (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005) winning his fifth US Masters Tournament next month?

I am expecting Tiger Woods to win but hope to enjoy a battle between Woods and Rory McIlroy all the way to the final pin. If both players have a good tournament and play to their potential, the US Masters could offer one of the most exciting final rounds in recent history.  But don’t forget three-time winner Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010) has his own private love affair with the tournament and US golf fans.

At the time of writing this article, bwin golf betting has Tiger Woods favourite at 5/1 from Rory McIlroy at 9/1 and Phil Mickelson at 11/1.  The big three are followed by Brandt SnedekerCharl Schwartzel & the highest place Englishmen Luke Donald at 21/1.

Video: Adam Scott albatross at 2011 Australian Open

Revisiting the 2011 Australian Open with an albatross from Adam Scott.

Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams were involved in a fair bit of drama at last year’s Australian Open including this albatross which I thought was worth seeing again.

What did we learn from Adam Scott’s win at the Australian Masters?

Adam Scott clinched his first Australian Masters today after a dogged duel with Ian Poulter that saw the lead change numerous times throughout the day.

Adam Scott won his first Australian Masters at Kingston Heath today, holding off Ian Poulter by four shots to claim the gold jacket.

Scott's four shot victory perhaps belied the competitive duel he had with Poulter, especially over the front nine which saw some extraordinary momentum swings between both golfers.
So what did we learn from what appears to be another successful Australian Masters?

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Adam Scott wins Australian Masters: video highlights

Adam Scott held off Ian Poulter to win the 2012 Talisker Australian Masters. Final round video highlight courtesy of FoxSports.

Scott fires early at Australian Masters

Adam Scott makes a solid start at the 2012 Australian Masters.
Without a win in 2012 Adam Scott stated yesterday he is hungry for a victory before the end of the year. In fairly benign conditions at Kingston Heath this morning, Scott showed he meant what he said and fired a 5-under par 67 to take the early lead in the Talisker Australian Masters.
Scott made just the one birdie in his opening nine holes after missing several opportunities with the long putter and made the turn at even with the card. Scott then birdied his next four holes (the 1st – 4th at Kingston Heath) that included a huge 40 foot putt for birdie on the second hole.

"I played good today, it's a good start, and you need four good days to win I believe. It's a good start, I didn't take advantage of my good play on my first 9 holes but I certainly did on my back 9, so that made up for it.", Scott said.

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Adam Scott unhappy his long putter could be banned

It seems Adam Scott isn't happy about the impending announcement by the USGA and R&A that may see a ban placed on the long putter.
Adam Scott has been quite vocal over the past few weeks in expressing his concerns about the potential ban on anchoring, which would see his long putter technique deemed illegal.
In a recent interview with Golf.com, Scott was asked what has feelings were on the idea that long putters could be banned;

"I know what purists say. They want to protect the traditions of the game. But that's not even an argument. Otherwise, we'd be playing with hickory shafts." 

"Some guys don't like it. That's because they haven't putted well with it, or they haven't tried it. That's my argument — it's still a learned skill. It's not like you just pick it up and make putts. You have to learn how to use it."

And just today in the lead up to the Singapore Open, Scott responded to a line of questioning that pointed out that Tiger Woods wants anchoring banned;

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Scott makes eagle to tie for lead at Mission Hills: video

Adam Scott is sitting atop of the leaderboard at the final WGC event for the year in China.

Adam Scott finished his first round at the HSBC Champions event with two birdies and an eagle which came at his final hole.
Make sure you catch the rest of the action on FoxSports, Australian TV Times for the HSBC Champions.

Scotty and Sendo (re)set for FedEx Cup finale

Just what needs to happen for Adam Scott or John Senden to win the FedEx Cup?
The fourth and final FedEx Cup playoff event tees off this week with just two Aussies qualifying for the 30-man TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Adam Scott picked up enough points throughout the regular season and first three playoff events to qualify in 21st spot. John Senden managed to scrape through in 29th spot despite a nasty finish to his last tournament. Thankfully a few other players also had nasty finishes at the BMW Championship and Sendo sounds happy to be playing this week.

Both players are a mathematical (and highly confusing) chance of winning the FedEx Cup trophy and the $10 million prize thanks to a points reset before this week's final event.

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What’s wrong (or right) with this picture?

Here is Adam Scott on the practise putting green yesterday…

Picture courtesy of AFP writer Ben Everill on Twitter.

This photo was taken and posted by Ben Everill today from Crooked Stick Golf Club, home of this week's BMW Championship. Adam Scott's form with the putter has been atrocious of late, as Everill informed us all earlier in the week.

Is Scott considering the short stick again because of his form on the greens? Or perhaps he's aware of an impending change in the rules concerning long putters?

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What’s wrong (or right) with this picture?

Here is Adam Scott on the practise putting green yesterday…

Picture courtesy of AAP writer Ben Everill on Twitter.

This photo was taken and posted by Ben Everill today from Crooked Stick Golf Club, home of this week's BMW Championship. Adam Scott's form with the putter has been atrocious of late, as Everill informed us all earlier in the week.

Is Scott considering the short stick again because of his form on the greens? Or perhaps he's aware of an impending change in the rules concerning long putters?

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McDowell, Poulter and Scott set for Australian Masters

Scott, McDowell and Poulter all confirmed for 2012 Australian Masters.

Perhaps a little lost in US PGA Championship week came the news that Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter have all confirmed their attendance for the 2012 Australian Masters to be played at Kingston Heath in November.
Ian Poulter is the defending Australian Masters champion and it is great to see he will be back to defend his title. Poulter had great things to say about Victoria Golf Club last year and sounds happy to be testing out another of Melbourne's sandbelt courses.

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2012 PGA Championship: Third round video highlights

Video highlights of the shortened third round at the 2012 US PGa Championship, courtesy of FoxSports.

Scott looking for redemption, one shot off lead

Adam Scott is looking to make amends by putting himself within reach of a in contention to win the final major of the year.
Play was suspended midway through the third round of the 2012 US PGA Championship as Vijay Singh and Rory McIlroy made an unlikely duo atop of the leaderboard.
McIlroy has surprised everyone. Since his victory at the 2011 US Open, he has barely registered in the Top-25 at the following five majors, but he fired off five birdies in the first 8 holes to hit the lead. Only a bogey before the thunderstorm hit saw him drop back to tie with Singh.
Vijay Singh has also surprised many too. Seemingly washed up on the US PGA Tour, Singh has been is pretty good form over the last few months.
Perhaps less surprisingly is the name Adam Scott just one shot behind Singh and McIlroy. Scott looked in complete control of his game with four birdies in the final five holes played on Saturday. It’s quite a remarkable feat to bounce back from the trials of Royal Lytham, but his game seems to be still in very good shape.
Tomorrow will see all players complete their third round before immediately going out to play the final round. The Ocean Course is by and large to be an oddity due to its links golf layout, with the options for bumping and running. Tomorrow’s final round(s) may well throw up some more surprises.

Adam Scott: Round 1 interview transcript, 2012 US PGA Championship

People always talk about how intimidating Pete Dye golf courses but other people say that if you learn how to read them, you can score really well. What are the strategies that he likes to employ and how did you put together a game plan to shoot 68?
That's a serious question for me. I've not given it that much thought to be honest.  (Chuckling).
Pete's courses are very intimidating because it's mostly forced carries and that doesn't leave you much option, other than the strategy of hitting the ball really well.  I think that's how you get the ball around his golf course is you've got to play well. That was certainly the case here at Kiawah this week. You're going to have to play well.

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Adam Scott: Round 1 interview transcript, 2012 US PGA Championship

People always talk about how intimidating Pete Dye golf courses but other people say that if you learn how to read them, you can score really well. What are the strategies that he likes to employ and how did you put together a game plan to shoot 68?
That's a serious question for me. I've not given it that much thought to be honest.  (Chuckling).
Pete's courses are very intimidating because it's mostly forced carries and that doesn't leave you much option, other than the strategy of hitting the ball really well.  I think that's how you get the ball around his golf course is you've got to play well. That was certainly the case here at Kiawah this week. You're going to have to play well.

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