Scott still ran­kled by McIl­roy win at Aussie Open

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ADAM SCOTT ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day that his fi­nal hole bo­gey to hand Rory McIl­roy the Aus­tralian Open in 2013 still hurts as he pre­pares for an­other crack at his home tour­na­ment.

The world No. 7 was lead­ing by a stroke with one hole to play three years ago but dropped a shot at the last as McIl­roy holed a 16-foot birdie putt for a dra­matic vic­tory.

“I’d like to get a win here at Royal Syd­ney af­ter what hap­pened a few years ago,” the Aus­tralian said. “That burns a lit­tle bit.

“I made an er­ror on the last hole when I couldn’t af­ford to. It was a shame be­cause I’d had such a great run but maybe a good mo­ti­va­tor for me this week to get out and try to do it all again.”

For­mer world No. 1 Jor­dan Spi­eth is seen as Scott’s main ob­sta­cle this week, with the Amer­i­can dou­ble-ma­jor win­ner back fol­low­ing a seven-week break from golf since the Ry­der Cup.

Spi­eth romped to a six-shot vic­tory here in 2014 with his ti­tle de­fence last year fall­ing one shot short when he and Scott were joint run­ners-up be­hind Aus­tralian Matt Jones, who is not de­fend­ing his crown this week.

Scott, (car­i­ca­ture) who has had a stel­lar 2016 but has not won since early in the year at the Cadil­lac Cham­pi­onship, has Tiger Woods’ for­mer cad­die Steve Wil­liams on the bag and is de­ter­mined to be in the hunt come Sun­day.

“You don’t need much more mo­ti­va­tion than play­ing for the Aus­tralian Open tro­phy,” he said.

“That’s a big one for any Aussie. Even af­ter all these years of play­ing all around the world, com­ing back and play­ing here is a big mo­ti­va­tor.” – AFP

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