Scott ready to set­tle some un­fin­ished busi­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

ADAM Scott has ar­rived at Royal Birk­dale in­tent on fi­nally get­ting his hands on the Claret Jug af­ter a string of Bri­tish Open near misses.

“It’s un­fin­ished busi­ness for sure,” Scott, 37, said ahead of to­mor­row’s start to the 146th Open Cham­pi­onship.

The 2013 Masters cham­pion and for­mer world No. 1 says four top- 10s in his past five Opens have left a bit­ter­sweet taste.

“It’s been a tour­na­ment I’ve been re­ally close to break­ing through at,” he said. “So for me now it’s just about get­ting it done and that’s all I’m wor­ried about this week.”

As much as his se­ries of close shaves have frus­trated the Aus­tralian, the world No. 15 also draws con­fi­dence from his wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’ve just got to stay re­ally pa­tient for three days and hope that’s go­ing to put me in a po­si­tion where I have a good chance on Sun­day.”

Fur­ther fu­elling his con­fi­dence is the fact, like Lytham, Birk­dale ( where he was tied 17th in 2008) is a driver’s course where only supreme ac­cu­racy off the tee will suf­fice.

“This one is more de­mand­ing on the ball strik­ing so, for me, that’s a good thing be­cause gen­er­ally I’m a good ball striker,” he said.

“It’s a little more de­fined and con­tained than some links cour­ses. Some links cour­ses give you some space to work with. This one not so much.”

Aussie golfer Adam Scott.

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