Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TOUR NOTEBOOK; Scott Feels His Game Is Turning Around

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TOUR NOTEBOOK; Scott Feels His Game Is Turning Around

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

What's happened to Adam Scott?

It only took a few months of a slump that has marked his 2009 season for similarities to be drawn to another Australian who seemingly lost his game, Ian Baker-Finch. But Scott, even though he recently termed his game "disgusting," hasn't retreated. His third-place finish last week in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond gave him encouragement that he's turning his game around.

Scott, the 2004 Players Championship winner, will once again try to win a major championship at this week's British Open. He's rivaling Sergio Garcia for the dubious distinction of being the best player never to win a major, but Scott made the cut at the U.S. Open last month and was in the final grouping of the day at Loch Lomond.

Long, solitary practice sessions recently at the Queenswood Golf Club in London, where he went without coach Butch Harmon and caddie Tony Navarro, gave the 29-year-old Scott some ball-flight patterns he's been desperate to see.

A rare fit of temper helped, he said. Scott snapped a 7-iron in half during the first round of the Memorial, a tournament in which he shot 77-81 to miss his sixth cut in a row on the PGA Tour.

"I think it was three months of frustration," Scott told The Associated Press at Turnberry, the site of this week's British Open. "Just my luck, I needed it six more times that day. And the Memorial is the only tournament without a repair van, so I played with 13 clubs the next day. But I felt better about it."

Scott has had a knee injury, and British tabloids have made hay out of his involvements with actress Kate Hudson and tennis player Ana Ivanovic. But Scott said there are no distractions - only optimism.

"I'll be a better player than I ever was before," Scott said. "I'm sure of that."

CHAMPIONS TOUR PLAYERS BRANCH OUT INTO OTHER EVENTS

The Champions Tour doesn't have an event this week. That doesn't mean a few of the players won't be busy at PGA Tour-sanctioned events.

There will be six past British Open winners 50 years or older playing at Turnberry this week, as is their privilege until the age of 65. …

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