Golf Australia - - THE OPEN -

OPENS PLAYED: 17. BEST FIN­ISH: Run­ner-up (2012). WORLD RANK­ING: No.12.

It’s been a case of near misses for Adam Scott at The Open Cham­pi­onship. The for­mer World No.1 has ac­cu­mu­lated five top-10 fin­ishes in his past 11 starts, which, of course, in­cludes that painful col­lapse in 2012.

Scott had shot three rounds in the 60s to en­ter Sun­day with a four-stroke lead, be­fore en­dur­ing one of the worst col­lapses in cham­pi­onship his­tory when he bo­gied each of the last four holes to hand the ti­tle to Ernie Els.

As one of the best driv­ers and ball-strik­ers on the PGA Tour, Scott, like Leish­man, has a game tai­lor-made for links golf. He’s also the only Aus­tralian – apart from Aaron Bad­de­ley – in this year’s field to have played in the last Open held at Royal Birk­dale in 2008, where he fin­ished 16th.

The 2013 US Masters cham­pion hasn’t won on Tour since claim­ing the WGC-Cadil­lac Cham­pi­onship last March, but has re­designed his play­ing sched­ule to fo­cus more heav­ily on the ma­jors. And The Open is un­doubt­edly one of his main fo­cuses as he looks to set­tle old scores.

“I feel like I’ve done ev­ery­thing but win it, and it’s just the last lit­tle hur­dle we’ve got to get over,” Scott said at Royal Troon in 2016. “I have to just get bet­ter at clos­ing the golf tour­na­ment out and stop mak­ing those er­rors.”

Scott is a strong chance of be­com­ing Cham­pion Golfer of the Year if he can min­imise those er­rors and putt well. WIN­NING ODDS: $21*.

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