Coming off his first major win at The Masters earlier this year, Australian Adam Scott will be looking to exorcise the demons of last year’s British Open at Royal Lytham when he takes to the course at Muirfield.
Scott dropped four shots at the last four holes in 2012 to squander his lead at The Open and allow Ernie Els to take the victory and the famous Claret Jug. However, he recovered impressively after that disappointment to tie for 11th at the 2012 PGA Championship, and he then won the Talisker Masters for the first time in Melbourne.
Now, having taken the famous green jacket after winning a playoff against Argentine Angel Cabrera at Augusta, the man currently ranked fourth in the world should be hopeful of continuing his good form at one of golf’s showpiece events.
The University of Nevada graduate has enjoyed a good deal of success at The Open, tying for eighth place at Hoylake in 2006 and missing the cut just four times since he made his debut in the tournament in 2000 at St. Andrews.
And while he finished tied for 45th at the U.S. Open earlier this year, the signs are encouraging that the man from Adelaide can become the first Australian winner of The Open since Greg Norman in 1993.
At the time of writing, Scott finished on level par after shooting 71 in his first round, hitting birdies on the fifth, eighth, 11th and 17th holes but bogeying the second, fourth, 10th and 18th holes. He remains in contention after an encouraging first 18, and he will definitely be a contender during the final round.