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Adam Scott hoping for home win

Australia's Adam Scott hopes to break his hoodoo on home soil when he defends the Johnnie Walker Classic title this week.

The world number 10 led from start to finish when winning in Beijing last May and plans to be the first successful defender of the crown in the event's 14-year history.

"It is nice to be able to play back in Australia and I expect to play well and generally I have done so in defending my titles in the past," said the 25-year-old from Adelaide.

"I have never successfully defended one yet, so it would be nice to start this week.

"My game is pretty good and I played quite nicely in the Hawaiian Open (tie for 18th). I was a bit rusty but I was pleased with how I played over there."

The closest the highest-ranked Australian has come to winning on home soil was in 2002 and 2003 when he was beaten in playoffs for the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

Scott can expect stiff competition with South African Retief Goosen, Europe's number one Colin Montgomerie, American Fred Couples, fellow Australian Robert Allenby and U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell in the field.

"Retief is number three in the world and I think the course will also suit Fred Couples," said Scott.

"Monty seems to play well every week and obviously Cambo (Campbell), if he's playing well, we know he's got the game to win a major," said Scott.

Scott will play the opening two rounds on Thursday and Friday in the company of England's Nick Dougherty and Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng.

Allenby is aiming to extend his record-breaking run to four on home soil after last year claiming Australia's 'Big Three' - the Australian Open, Australia PGA and Australian Masters.

"It'll be nice, that's what I'm here to try and do," said Allenby.

"I've definitely got my game into sixth gear and hopefully I can find that form."

February 9, 2006

 




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