Adam Scott

Congrats to Keegan Bradley.  He single-handedly brought about the Golfpocalypse by winning a major championship with a belly putter.  What’s that sound?  I think it’s Alan Shipnuck and Steve Elling having heart attacks.

Seriously though, I have no problems with long putters.  And I think that given Kegan’s dramatic victory yesterday and Adam Scott’s use of a long putter this season leading up to his win last week at the WGC, we may be seeing more and more long/belly putters on greens across America.

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Oh yeah I almost forgot… eventually the media types did get around to talking to Adam Scott on Sunday.  I mean all he did was walk around the course and hit all the shots.  It’s not like he had to carry a bag or wear a caddie bib or anything.  You can check out his interview after the jump.

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Adam Scott played some incredible golf this week with Steve Williams on his bag.  While still live on the air after the tournament was finished, CBS sent David Feherty over to grab Stevie for an interview.

Still fuming due to “wasting two years” of his life, he made sure to mention several times that he’s been caddying for over 32 years, has over 140 wins and this was the best week of his life.  In other words, “Screw you Tiger.  You fired me and my new loop kicked your ass this week.”

I don’t have any particular problem with the comment because I’m sure that right now, given that fact that he was at a professional low point a few weeks ago, he really does feel like this is the best week he’s ever had on the bag.  He may not feel that way a few years from now, but hindsight is always 20/20.

Stevie went on to give an impromptu interview session with reporters at the tournament and provided this gem among others: “like I said, there’s a lot of expectations on Adam, not just myself. I mean, it’s hard to explain, but he’s under pressure a little bit, too”.  Yep, Stevie definitely doesn’t have an ego [sarcasm alert].

I’m sure Stevie’s not too upset that he took home about $140k this week as his cut of Scott’s purse  while Tiger won about $70k.

You can check out the video of Stevie’s interview with Feherty here and the transcript from his Q&A session with reporters after the tournament after the break:

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Steve Williams Tiger Woods

When it was first posted on Golfwrx that Steve Williams was spotted on a DC-bound flight today, many people assumed that it was bad info or that Stevie was just planning on attending the event.  Nobody seemed to think that it was really possible he was on his way to Congressional to caddie for somebody other than Tiger.

That is until the story broke that Stevie would be on Adam Scott’s bag this week.  Of course this is going to fire up all kinds of speculation about Tiger/Stevie, Tiger’s health and future in golf, etc.

But the bottom line is that Williams and Scott are friends, Scott had an open bag this week, and once Tiger gave it the OK, Stevie was on his way to Congressional to help out a pal.

Given Scott’s performance at Augusta and his renewed success on the greens with a long putter, you have to wonder if this might be the week that Scott finally breaks through and wins a major.

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My picks for the Players

by Derek on May 11, 2011

in PGA Tour

Adam Scott

This week the world’s best (well except for Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy) are gathered at the TPC Sawgrass for the so called “fifth major”, the Players Championship.  Like many others, I think the “fifth major” label is stretching it a bit, but if you just went by the coverage on the Golf Channel, you’d think the US Open was being held this week.

That said, the Players Championship is always a fun tournament to watch and the notoriously difficult island green on the par-3 17th is one of the most exciting holes in golf.  So who do I think will emerge victorious on Sunday?

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Adam Scott Long Putter

OK, maybe long putters aren’t cool, but it does seem that Adam Scott has at least made long putters an acceptable option for players that previously wouldn’t consider one.  Lee Westwood put one in play at the Masters.  Ernie Els is reportedly thinking about bagging one this week at the Verizon.   and are right there with him (even though Greene thinks they should be illegal).

Bill Haas is also apparently considering making the switch  after Brendan Steele used a belly putter to win the Valero last weekend.  Tiger was even photographed practicing a long putter stroke during his golf tour of Asia last week.  After all of his 3 putts on Sunday at the Masters, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s at least been testing one.

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Charley Hoffman

Charley Hoffman hits out of a greenside bunker during Round 2 of the Valero Texas Open

If Kevin Na’s 16 yesterday wasn’t enough proof that the TPC San Antonio Oaks course has teeth, then today’s round should be.  The round came to a close with 7 players tied for the lead at 3-under par.  Red numbers were few and far between on the scoreboard, and players that managed to hold their ground found themselves surging up the leaderboard.

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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:

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Rick Moranis Spaceballs

I’ll be honest.  I was really rooting for Adam Scott to win the Masters.  Mostly because a) I wanted to use the headline “Great Scott!!!”, b) he could have single-handedly made long putters cool and c) I don’t have any pictures of Charl Schwartzel to post.  So instead I’m using a picture of Rick Moranis from Spaceballs, because he definitely knows the “Power of the Schwartz(el)”.

Schwartzel earned his victory at the 2011 Masters.  He was 1-behind Adam Scott, who looked destined to finally break through with a victory in a major.  But with 4 to play Schwartzel reeled off 4 straight birdies to get to 14-under, 2-strokes ahead of Scott and Jason Day.  That included an amazingly confident birdie putt on 17, which I believe was only the 5th birdie there all day.

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