Adam Scott may share 14/1 joint-favouritism for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool with Justin Rose, but that hasn’t stopped bwin price-boosting his top-ten finish price to a juicy 2/1.
Having upped sticks from his native Australia to Switzerland for tax purposes, ‘Scotty’ knows a thing or two about value for money and would surely agree.
Brilliantly consistent in the Majors, with wrongs to right when it comes to past pursuits of the Claret Jug, the twin forces of mastery and motivation are allied in his pursuit of glory on Merseyside.
Scott was attractive at 6/4 to finish in the top ten for the fifth time in his last seven ‘big-four’ tournaments even before the boys in black and gold bolstered his odds to 2/1.
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Finishing higher than 11th at Hoylake would make 2014 the fourth successive year in which he has ended up T10 or better in at least two of the four Majors.
The course will certainly help him in that endeavour – last time the Open was played at Royal Liverpool Scott came eighth.
He’s in confident mood heading into the event too, telling newshounds:
I’m playing some of the best golf of my life at the moment.
Top-ten performances in his last three tournaments suggest Scott can pay the cheques his mouth’s writing and he’s now finished in the leading decatet in six of ten tournaments entered in 2014.
That’s before the spectre of his 2012 capitulation is even mentioned.
Scott showed that melting during the final round to surrender what would have been his first Major two years back hadn’t left a lasting mark when T3 in 2013 and he can use that hard-won experience to his benefit once more in 2014.