Round 2: Open Championship
July 20 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Before Adam Scott switched to a long putter at the beginning of last season, his putting was admittedly hot and cold. And it was more often than not the latter.
“So very, very frustrating to play well and get nothing out of a round,” Scott said of his past putting woes.
Through two round of the British Open, Scott has gotten everything out of his round. He shot 67 Friday and enters the weekend just one back of leader Brandt Snedeker.
It will be the first time Scott has played in the final group on the weekend of a major championship.
“Well, I think why I’ve played good this week is it’s kind of a culmination of everything I’ve done over the last couple of years,” said Scott.
That’s included hiring caddie Steve Williams, who was Tiger Woods’ longtime caddie before the two parted ways in 2011. Together, Woods and Williams won 13 major championships, including three British Opens.
Scott also cut back on his schedule slightly to focus more on his preparations for the majors. He has seven career top 10s in majors but no wins. His best finish in a British Open was a tie for eighth at Royal Liverpool, his only career top 10 in the event.
“I feel like this is the path I’ve been going down and it just happens to have happened here that I’ve put myself in good position after two days at a major,” said Scott, who has finished in the top 10 in three of the last six majors, including a runner-up at the Masters in 2011.
He’s in that position largely thanks to his putting. Scott has always been one of the game’s great drivers and ball-strikers. This week it’s been his play on the greens that led to four birdies and just one bogey Friday.
“It’s brought more consistency to my putting,” Scott said of his long putter, which he began using in February of 2011. “Certainly making the adjustment to putt with a long putter took a little bit of time, but it was effective once I brought it out on TOUR. I putt much more consistent with it, which has a really positive effect on the rest of my game. Takes a little pressure off.”
And now it’s Scott who is putting the pressure on everyone else.
“I’m feeling comfortable because I’m hitting the ball well and things are under control,” he said. “It’s not just a fluke that I’m up there.”