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Adam Scott enjoying the heat of Thailand

The Blue Canyon Country Club sizzles under a scorching sun on Thailand's biggest island, and that's the way world number four Adam Scott likes it.

The Australian is hoping the heat can help him cut through a top class field to win this week's $2.45 million Johnnie Walker Classic.

"I enjoy coming and playing here and I like the challenge of a different style of golf course, the different grasses, the heat," Scott told reporters on the eve of the event tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia.

"I think (it is) getting back to my roots a little bit with the heat."

Scott will have his work cut out over the next four days with the likes of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Paul Casey and Colin Montgomerie chasing the $408,000 first prize.

"Goal? I came here to win the tournament obviously," said the 26-year-old Australian.

"The challenge is getting the ball to the right spots and the greens are rolling well. I think I'm going to make some putts out there."

World number six Els set slightly less lofty goals.

"A win would be great but I'd just like to play some decent golf, get decent scores under my belt," said the South African.

World number 20 Montgomerie was in upbeat mood and aiming to improve his ranking.

"I'm hitting the ball well and I'm confident," said the 43-year-old Briton.

"I would like to get back into the top 10 in the world and I feel that's not so far away,"

Since its launch in Bangkok in 1992, the tournament has been staged across Asia in Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Taiwan and China.


March 1, 2007

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