Scott’s ‘home’, away from home; Scott works off course, as well

Scott’s ‘home’, away from home; Scott works off course, as well

Saturday, 19 February 2011

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Scott's 'home', away from home
Three-time S'pore Open champion aims to make Presidents Cup side

SINGAPORE - Standing at 1.82m, wearing a tan and looking extremely fit, Adam Scott let rip a drive and it arced away impressively, finally sitting still after travelling 301m.

Aussie golf star, Scott, cuts an impeccable form when he gets his swing right when using a simulator,

In Singapore to meet the four students who were awarded scholarships by the Adam Scott Foundation Asia, the 30-year-old certainly seems ready for the 2011 season.And he has a special goal to meet.

Speaking to media at the opening of the Greens on Screens indoor golfing centre on Friday, Scott said: "This season I want to make the Presidents Cup team, which will be captained by Greg Norman and will be held in Melbourne in November.

"For me as an Australian, it will be a special week and I'll need good results to play well. I want to win tournaments and that is my goal every year and I just have to keep practising."

Scott loves Singapore and it comes as no surprise, considering he has won the Barclays Singapore Open three times (2005, 2006 and 2010).

Once ranked as high as No 3 in the world (Jan '07), the Australian's form dipped drastically suddenly and he reached a low of 76 in 2009.

Today, he is world No 26 and is determined to make childhood hero Greg Norman's Presidents Cup team for their clash with the United States at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in November.

The top 10 players from the US and the International team qualify for the event, along with two captain's picks each. Fred Couples is the American captain.

Scott pocketed US$2.5 million (S$3.2 million) in the 2010 season, winning the Valero Texas Open in May and the Barclays Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club six months later.

He has competed in two tournaments on the PGA Tour so far this year, finishing 21st at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions before failing to make the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Boasting 19 professional wins in his 10-year career so far, Scott will go for number 20 next week in the WGC Accenture Match-Play Championship in Arizona. Already, he seems to be thinking of his favourite hunting ground in Sentosa.

"I'm always successful in Asia, and I get good support here. There must be something about my game but I shouldn't think about it so much as it's a special relationship," said Scott.

"I have so many great memories of Serapong and I wish I play the US Masters like that."

Scott works off course, as well

Golf star Adam Scott feels he has a special relationship with Singapore.

Three Barclays Singapore Open titles back up the Australian's argument. The 30-year-old continues to make an impact off the golf course, as well.

In 2008, he set up The Adam Scott Foundation Asia (ASFA) to help support disadvantaged and underprivileged youth by providing grants, and partnering charitable organisations to promote health, lifestyle and education.

Located in Singapore, the ASFA is an extension of his Australian foundation, which started in 2005.

"A couple of years ago when I started the foundation I noticed that Singapore is the charity hub of Asia and it made good sense to do it here," said Scott in a media conference here on Friday.

The world No 26 met four ASFA scholarship holders in a dialogue session at the National Institute of Education on Friday morning.

The foundation awards scholarships worth S$30,000 each to two students from the Nanyang Technological University's Bachelor of Sports Science and Management programme every year.

"I met the scholarship holders for the first time in the university and seeing what they are doing makes it all very worthwhile.

The foundation will really help a lot of young people in Australia, Asia and Singapore," said Scott, in a media conference to launch the Greens on Screens indoor golfing centre on Friday.

Greens on Screens presented a cheque of S$10,000 to ASFA and have pledged a percentage of all greens and membership fees to the foundation.



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