No more tinkering, says out-of-sorts Scott
Former world No.
Scott lines up at the $US10 million Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass finally settled on the equipment in his bag after working with a variety of iron shafts, a new driver and, of course, experimenting with the short putter in 2015.
Starting late in the year thanks to the birth of daughter Bo Vera, Scott came out with a T4 at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Doral but has since failed to be a factor.
The current world No.9 missed his first cut in three years at the Valspar Championship, finished T35 at the Arnold Palmer invitational, T38 at the Masters before going 0-3 in group play at the WGC Match Play last week.
“Everything is now in good shape which is nice especially coming into a place I like, I am looking for a good week because it is time for getting runs on the board,” the 2004 Players champion said.
“There is some frustration from not getting a result but you have to weigh that up with everything I have been working on through the bag.
“There has been a lot of equipment changing back and forth this year and I think we are at a point where we’ve now also made a conscious decision to leave the stuff where it is and get some consistency going.”
Plenty has been made of the Queenslander’s decline in putting stats this year but Scott says his chopping and changing from a short to long putter is not a concern.
He was ranked 55th in strokes gained putting last season but has ballooned to 189th.
“Everything is good with the putter. I feel I hit good putts last week they just didn’t go in,” Scott countered.
“I putted good at Augusta and I am not giving two thoughts about my putting to be honest.
“I have been changing iron shafts and we are hitting the ball different distances which has caused a few surprises so I need to get some consistency there more than anything.
“I am playing all right and not making much out if it and you have those runs but if this is my bad golf, the upside is good.”
Eight other Australians are in the field including world No.7 Jason Day, Marc Leishman, John Senden, Matt Jones, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby and Steven Bowditch.