Adam Scott ready to defend title at Valero Texas Open

by Derek on April 14, 2011

in PGA Tour

Adam Scott Valero Texas Open

The star of Wednesday’s events at the TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course (what a mouthful) was, without a doubt, Adam Scott.  Scott is fresh off of a T2 finish at the Masters, where he had the lead on the back nine until Charl Schwartzel made 4 consecutive birdies coming in to grab the win.

If his play in today’s pro-am was any indication, Scott has found a way to maintain his Master’s form.  He seemed to be enjoying himself after taking a couple of days off following Sunday’s exciting finish:

It’s certainly a big  let down I think mentally or emotionally after any Major… So… like I said, it was important for me to have a couple of days where I did not do much…

The most noticeable change in Scott’s game has been the switch to a long putter, which he used to great effect at Augusta.  For the time being, the long putter will remain in the bag:

Certainly the four times I’ve used it I’ve putted well so for now, yeah, it’s in.

If he keeps playing this well with the long putter, I suspect that we’ll be seeing a lot more of them showing up at bag drops all over the country.

While Scott certainly seems like a strong pick to win this week, there are a number of other players who will have something to say about that.  2011 event winners Jhonattan Vegas and Martin Laird are in the field.  Geoff Ogilvy is coming off of a strong finish at Augusta, as is Bo Van Pelt, who made 2 eagles on the back nine Sunday.  And don’t forget San Antonio native, Jimmy Walker, who already has 3 top-10′s this year.

But clearly Scott isn’t deterred:

[I'm] looking forward to getting out there and geting those good feeling happening again from last year and also carrying on the good feelings I had going on the golf course last week.

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