Great Scott Chases Fourth Crown at “Asia’s Major” Click link to visit Barclays Singapore Open Site
Great Scott Chases Fourth Crown at “Asia’s Major”
Singapore, October 22: Three-time winner Adam Scott believes that the US$6 million Barclays Singapore Open can rightly claim the unofficial title of “Asia’s Major” because of its impact on the game.
The world number six, who will challenge for a fourth crown at Sentosa Golf Club from November 8-11 against a stellar line-up including world number one Rory McIlroy and four-time Major winner Phil Mickelson, agrees that the event’s history, stature, strength of field and prize money justifies the label.
“I think so (it’s a fair assessment),” said the Australian. “In some ways it is the event that kicked off the big tournaments around Asia. It is certainly a hugely respected event in the world of golf.”
Since the re-birth of the storied Singapore Open in 2005, prize money has jumped from US$2 million to US$6 million thanks to the backing of Barclays and Sentosa and marquee names like Scott, Angel Cabrera, Jeev Milkha Singh, Ian Poulter and last year Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano have been etched on the trophy.
Scott has an unparalleled record in the Barclays Singapore Open with victories in 2005, 2006 and 2010 and two third-place finishes (2007 and 2009) but cannot put his finger on the secret to slaying the feared Serapong Course.
“Well, if I really knew the answer the two third place finishes would have been victories,” he joked. “I guess it is just a golf course that suits my style of play and so I am always playing shots that feel natural to me.
“(My three wins) were all satisfying for different reasons. I think most satisfying will be number four in 2012.”
Scott did not defend his title in 2011 due to a clash of dates with the Emirates Australian Open raising his expectations for a return to a happy hunting ground.
“It’s true that there are always good feelings for me at Sentosa,” he said. “I like the golf course, the members have always been great to me and I like Singapore. That’s a good recipe.”
The smooth-swinging Scott believes he can lift a so far winless season with a victory at Sentosa Golf Club.
“Well I am confident I can win any event I enter, and that’s my main objective so I would like to come to Sentosa having just won the week before, then win the Barclays Singapore Open,” he said.
“That would be a nice way to make the season fulfilling.”
He wont be measuring his performance against that of two-time Major winner McIlroy, however, although some players say the Ulsterman has a target on his back as world number one.
“No, that’s not a consideration,” emphasised Scott. “I just play to win and my satisfaction comes from my own performance not measured against others.”
Scott, the winner of 18 titles worldwide including eight on the PGA Tour, came close to a breakthrough in the Majors at this year’s Open Championship before his challenge unraveled with four bogeys in the final four holes.
He was universally praised for the way he handled the loss to Ernie Els and Scott said the biggest lesson he learned from the experience was to improve his game.
“It’s nice that people feel that (I reacted well),” he said. “What did I learn? Play better at Muirfield in 2013.”
The 49th staging of the Barclays Singapore Open will be joint sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour for the fourth time.