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.