Justin Rose soared back to the top of the world rankings after edging out Haotong Li in a thrilling finish at the Turkish Airlines Open.
Triple Crown Glory a Possibility for Adam Scott
With the 2013 golf season nearing its conclusion, many players are already looking ahead towards next year and a new wealth of opportunity for silverware. Adam Scott, however, has enjoyed a stellar season on the greens and now hopes to cap off an impressive year by becoming only the second player to win the Australian Triple Crown.
Scott became Australia’s first Masters champion in April of this year, and then followed up with success at The Barclays in August to move himself into a career-high second place in the World Rankings.
From there Scott blazed on, his impressive form keeping pace as he returned to his native Australia once again to win three trophies in as many weeks. The Australian PGA, Australian Masters and then, while teaming with the rejuvenated Jason Day, claimed the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne last week.
So now Scott finds himself in an intriguing situation; a rare opportunity to win Australia’s three “Majors” when he tees up at Royal Sydney on Thursday for the Australian Open.
At the pro-am, Scott spoke about his chances to The Associated Press, saying: "I'm excited about this week, with the chance to win the Triple Crown. I did roll a few in on the back nine. To see a few going in in the pro-am is always good ... you set the tone for the week."
Robert Allenby won the Australian Masters, Australian PGA and Australian Open back in 2005, but former Australian Open champion Craig Parry holds firm his belief that Scott can emulate Allenby and achieve the remarkable.
"It's hard enough to win once, let alone the next week and now he's trying to win the Australian Open - and that's the big one," Parry said. "Just the history of it, the great names that have won it, the mystique.”
He added: "Scotty's playing fantastic and the fact that he's had all the pressure on him coming back home to Australia and then delivered... it's one thing to expect and another to do it."