In-form Adam Scott eyes Palmer redemption

A winner on the US PGA Tour once again, Australia's Adam Scott is hungry to finally win the Arnold Palmer Invitational after some close calls.

ADAM SCOTT of Australia plays his shot from the eighth tee during the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
ADAM SCOTT of Australia plays his shot from the eighth tee during the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Picture: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Back firing on all cylinders, Adam Scott wants to atone this week for a collapse at the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational as he ramps up preparations for next month's Masters.

The former world No.1 jumped back into the top 10 after claiming his first US PGA Tour win in almost four years at the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles last month.

He plans to capitalise on that form as he attempts to lift the Palmer trophy at Bay Hill, the brutish Orlando course where he threw away the final round lead in 2014.

In that edition, Scott opened with a course record-equalling 62 before holding a three-shot lead after the first round, a seven-shot lead after day two and a three-shot lead after 54 holes.

But with a Sunday 76, he finished third; two shots behind winner Matt Every.

"I gave that tournament away," Scott admitted on Tuesday.

Scott's return to form is timely with his bid for a second Masters green jacket looming in less than six weeks.

He will contest this week's Palmer event, then the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass before using the World Golf Championships as his final tune-up.

"I feel my game is in really great shape and I want to take advantage of it," Scott said.

"The Arnold Palmer is on my list as one I'd really love to win.

"I've had some great rounds here and I'd like to get myself back in a position this week where it's my tournament to win or lose.

"The Players is next week and the Masters is not long after, so it's all very important right now."

Scott will play the opening two rounds this week with 2016 Palmer champion Jason Day, as well as four-time major winner Brooks Koepka.

"It'll be fun to play with those guys; the crowds will be on us and it will have a big feel to it," Scott said.

"I think Bay Hill is going to be pretty tough this week with firm greens and a bit of rough.

"If it stays dry it, will be a test of the patience, of your mental game and surviving, which is what majors throw at you."

Other Australians in the field include 2017 winner Marc Leishman and Matt Jones.

The Palmer event is a prestigious stop on the US PGA Tour which affords the winner a three-year exemption and a $US1.674 million cheque.


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