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Scott looking to defend Scandinavian title

While several players go into this week's Scandinavian Masters looking to boost their Ryder Cup chances, defending champion Adam Scott is seeking a different career stepping-stone.

When the 24-year-old Australian captured his fourth European Tour title at the same Barseback club venue last year, he soon followed up by winning on the U.S. Tour.

Now Scott is targeting another victory in Sweden as a prelude to contending strongly in the final major of the year, next month's U.S. PGA Championship.

"I'm hoping to come good again this week," said Scott on Wednesday, the day before he starts the defence of his title.

"I'm not really going to be thinking hard about the U.S. PGA for another week or so, but a win would give me a lot of self-confidence."

Scott's last major bid ended in disappointment after poor third and fourth rounds dropped him to 42nd in the British Open, but the Australian remains upbeat about his chances of landing one of the game's four big prizes.

"There's no rush but if you get one under your belt early on, then next year you could be looking at a multi-major winning career," he said. "That was my dream as a kid.

"But I'm not sure pressurising yourself to do it is a good idea. It would be too much of a let-down.

"So I'd like to do as I did at the British Open and put myself in a good position."

Swede Jesper Parnevik and Britain's Colin Montgomerie are former winners of the Scandinavian Masters looking to boost their Ryder Cup chances, while Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin, tied second in last week's Irish Open, can move into the top-10 this week.

Briton Lee Westwood, twice Scandinavian Masters champion, returns to tour duty after finishing fourth in the British Open, looking for his first win of the season.

Michael Campbell of New Zealand also continues his bid for a first win in 2004, and Scott's countryman Brett Rumford looks to repeat his Irish Open success.

Nick Faldo, now with only a slim chance of qualifying for his 12th Ryder Cup team, returns after pulling out of the Irish Open with various injury problems.

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