Our player in focus for this week’s Tampa Bay Championship is Aussie Adam Scott. As you might remember, Scott suffered one of the worst meltdowns in PGA Tour history last year at the British Open when he carded bogeys on each of the last four holes and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
A collapse of that magnitude is bound to have some lasting repercussions on the psyche. Scott reacted better than most thought he could, however. In the seven events he played after the British Open, Scott racked up five to 25 finishes and was in the top 10 three times.
He’s coming off of his best finish in 2013 at last week’s WGC Cadillac Championship, where he finished tied for third with Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell. He had been six under par for the entire tournament up to that point, but an eight under par final round catapulted him up the leaderboard on Sunday.
Scott’s game was solid all around at Doral. He finished first in total driving, tied for 13th in greens hit and finished tied at the top of the field for par-5 scoring average. Unfortunately for Scott and the rest of the field, there was no beating Tiger Woods last week.
This will make Scott’s first trip to Copperhead since 2010, when this event was known as the Transitions Championship. It’s not going to be an easy road for Scott, as seven of the world’s top 20 golfers are playing this week. Luckily for Scott, when he is playing well, he is one of the best in the world. And he’s definitely been playing well as of late.