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Australian Adam Scott expects to walk away with the winner's cheque at the Scandinavian Masters this weekend.

The 25-year-old, seventh in the world, is by far the highest-ranked player in the tournament and bidding for a second title in three years at Stockholm.

"I expect to win this week," said Scott, who has already won the Johnnie Walker Classic on the European Tour and Nissan Open in the U.S. earlier this year.

Following a week's break after the British Open, Scott said he was in Sweden for business and not just as part of his preparations for the year's final major in two weeks, the U.S. PGA Championship.

"I am not here just to warm up and get ready for the U.S. PGA," Scott said. "If I play my best golf I should win."

The next highest ranked player to Scott is his compatriot Mark Hensby at 34th.

Scott named Niklas Fasth, winner of last week's Players' Championship of Europe, and another in-form Swede, Henrik Stenson, along with Hensby, as his chief threats.

The young Australian's only concern with his game is his putting, which he felt let him down at the British Open.

He was grateful for an extra day to work on his stroke after Wednesday's pro-am was cancelled because the back nine at Kungsangen was too wet to play.

"I think it's just a bit of technique I need to sort out," said Scott. "Once that clicks back I'll be fine.

"For the last 18 months I've putted more at the sort of level I should be looking at but I probably haven't made enough 20-footers.

"If you want to win a big event like the (British) Open then you need to be making those 20-footers."

St Andrews proved frustrating, Scott said, and although he felt he had played better in the majors this year than previously, he envied Hensby's record of fifth in the U.S. Masters, third in the US Open and 15th in the British Open.

"I'd like to pick his brain how he does it," added Scott, whose best finish in the majors this year is 28th in the U.S. Open.

Jesper Parnevik could also be a danger to Scott as the Swede goes for his third win in the event, having taken nearly two months off in Sweden from the PGA Tour in the United States to "recharge batteries".

His brother-in-law Per-Ulrik Johansson, another former Ryder Cup man, makes a rare European appearance.

With Luke Donald not defending his title, British hopes rest with Nick Dougherty, who finished second behind Scott at Barseback in 2003.

 

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