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Adam Scott: I'd love to win like Greg Norman at British Open

World No 1 out to be first Australian in 21 years to clinch the title after boyhood hero

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 July, 2014, 11:28pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 July, 2014, 11:28pm

Adam Scott has emulated his boyhood hero Greg Norman on one stunning occasion, and now he wants to do it all again this week at Hoylake.

The Australian famously captured the Masters title in 2013, becoming the first player from his country to do so after years of heartbreak, most of them involving Norman, who finished runner-up at Augusta three times.

That made Scott a national hero back home and he has since gone on to capture the world No 1 ranking, the first Australian to do so since Norman.

Absolutely I'd love to get my name on the trophy with Greg and the other Aussies
Adam Scott

Now the 34-year-old from Adelaide has his sights firmly set on the British Open, which Norman won, for the second time, at Royal St George's in 1993, the last Australian to do so.

"Of course, you want to emulate what your childhood hero has done, and Greg winning The Open, it's always sat very high with me," he said.

"And watching Baker-Finch [in 1991] win it, as well, in the fashion he did, was pretty spectacular. It's got a huge amount of meaning to me.

"It does to all the golfers. And Phil Mickelson, I really liked what he said [at Muirfield last year], he felt like a complete golfer after he'd won this because it's such a different test of your game.

"The sense of achievement that Phil must have felt or that anyone would feel winning this championship is huge and the history and everything else involved in it. So absolutely I'd love to get my name on the trophy with Greg and the other Aussies."

Scott certainly has the pedigree to win and he has come desperately close in the past two years, especially in 2012 at Royal Lytham where he blew a four-stroke lead with four holes to play to allow in Ernie Els.

At Muirfield last year he was in contention down the back nine until being overhauled by Mickelson. It all makes him hungrier for the win and aware of what pitfalls lie in his way.

"It proved to me that I can play at the required level in majors. And The Open Championship, and I took that as a positive and figured I must be doing some of the right things to put myself in that position," he said.

"And I tried to keep doing all the right things and make amends for any errors that I made at Lytham.

"Next time I had a chance at Augusta I was able to get over the line. And I'd like to just keep giving myself those chances. And the more I do, I'll win some and I'll lose some. But hopefully the wins add up."

In contrast to other top Open challengers such as Mickelson, Els, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, Scott did not to play last week in the Scottish Open on the links of Royal Aberdeen.

Instead, he stuck to his usual plan of arriving early at the Open venue and getting to grips with the course.

"I've played Royal Aberdeen before, and I know it's a great track," he said.

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