Open ghosts shelved as Shark stories dominate

The ghosts of Adam Scott’s own British Open past will never leave the veteran star who still laments having “one hand on the claret jug”.

But his epic let-down at Royal Lytham in 2012 is easily cast aside this week as he and 10 of his countrymen return to a course where an Australian victory proved the inspiration for a golden generation.

In 1993 Greg Norman got both hands on the claret jug with a victory at Royal St George’s and an already golf-mad teenage Scott found himself even more driven to follow his idol’s lead.

Now in his 40s, Scott is the leader of an emerging Australian pack that has secured three significant victories in the last two weeks to escalate national hopes of emulating Norman’s feat.

Lucas Herbert and Min Woo Lee won the Irish and Scottish opens respectively, and Cameron Davis made his breakthrough on the US PGA Tour this month too.

The trio of generation next stars join established and well-credentialed major contenders Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith as well as a resurgent Jason Day in the field.

“The form is good,” Scott said, having been in the UK for most of July to reacquaint himself with links golf after the Open was abandoned last year.

“Min Woo and Lucas are playing well. It‘s been good to see the success with Cam and Lucas in the last few weeks really, a bit of an Aussie domination. They’re obviously playing well.

“The biggest thing is they’re playing with confidence, and that’s very hard to get in the game of golf, and so they‘ve got to use that to the best of their ability this week.

Lucas Herbert won the Irish Open. Picture: Warren Little/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“Cam Smith seems to play well at big events every time at the moment, and Marc Leishman has come close at an Open as well.

“For me the Open now is, if we had to rank tournaments you’d love to win, that sits clearly at the top. I felt like I had a hand on the Jug once, and it was a good feeling while it lasted. I’d like to kind of have two on there.

“But if there is one event I’d like to win before my career is out, it would be the Open. I’m not really stacking the pressure on myself this week, but it would be a lovely story for an Aussie to follow in Greg’s footsteps here.”

Min Woo Lee won the Scottish Open. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Scott knows when and where he was when Norman triumphed in 1993, and what it meant to him then and now.

“I think it was the most impactful time. I was really into the golf at that point. I’d stopped playing other sports and I was golf nuts, and it was right around that time that that happened,” he said.

“I remember getting up and watching the end, falling asleep for little bits here and there because it was probably early in the morning, I think. That final round of Greg’s really, it was quite inspiring.

“I think it was the perfect victory and timing for me, looking back on it and wanting to just be out there doing what Greg did.”

Cam Davis won the Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 4 in Detroit. Picture: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP


Thursday AEST

Friday AEST:


$9 Jon Rahm

$17 Brooks Koepka

$19 Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele

$21 Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson


$41 Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith

$67 Adam Scott

$81 Jason Day, Lucas Herbert

$101 Min Woo Lee

$126 Matt Jones

$201 Jason Scrivener

$1,001 Brad Kennedy, Deyen Lawson

$1,501 AaronPike


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