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Adam Scott believes he can challenge Tiger

Australia’s Adam Scott is convinced he can challenge world number one Tiger Woods although he believes nobody can push the American on a regular basis.

The 27-year-old world number five has been tipped by swing coach Butch Harmon as the player most likely to challenge Woods, who romped to his eighth title in nine tournaments by winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Sunday.

“No pressure, right?,” Scott joked with reporters on Wednesday ahead of the Johnnie Walker Classic, adding: “Yes, I certainly have a desire to do that (challenge Woods).”

“I feel like I’ve developed a lot as a golfer over the last few years, and I feel like I’ve got the right attitude and the right mind set in place to give myself the best opportunity.”

“Realistically, though, I don’t see anybody challenging him week in, week out,” he added. “I see the opportunity for a few players to have their moments when they can challenge him.”

The winner of six titles each on the U.S. PGA and European Tours is favorite to win the Classic at the DLF Golf and Country Club course, near New Delhi, which tees off on Thursday.

Scott said he puts the U.S. Masters ahead of the other three majors because he enjoyed playing at Augusta National, where the year’s first major takes place in April.

“I really feel like I’ve got the game that can suit most places,” he said. “I feel like I can adapt to conditions and, certainly, my game has developed a lot on links golf courses, so I don’t mind playing The Open.

“But Augusta, maybe it suits my game a little better.”

The Australian won his first European Tour event of the 2008 season when be blazed to a course record final round of 61 at the Qatar Masters in January.

He said it was tough to expect such a low score this week on a course whose undulating greens demand accurate approach shots.


February 28, 2008

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