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Adam Scott: Looking Good

Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy
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Scott [left] with countryman Geoff Ogilvy, who won the unofficial Aussie race to a major.

So Ogilvy's U.S. Open win definitely lifted the burden off your shoulders? The weight of Australia's major hopes? Absolutely. I think that, if anything, it spurs the rest of us on. And it certainly makes me more determined. I want to win one, too, obviously, but there's kind of a — not a rivalry — but, more like inspiration amongst all the Aussie guys, to see one of us do something good or successful spurs the rest of us on. I think all of us — me and [Rod] Pampling and Stuart [Appleby] and just all of us — are thinking, "Now we want to win a major, too."

The Aussies are kicking ass on Tour. Supposedly the Australian 'grooming' process for cultivating great golf champs is fantastic. What do you do that we don't? Why aren't your young guys afraid to win like the young Americans? Well, I don't think that young Americans are afraid. I just think we [Australians] are taught how to play the game better. We just learn how to play golf. We find our own way of doing it.

How do you mean? Well, it's set up very well in Australia. It's a good balance between coaching and physical strengthening and psychological work. I think it's really just the balance. And also, it's a little more relaxed, that's the attitude we take. There's a bit less pressure [than in the U.S.].

Multiple major winners sit below you in the World Ranking — like Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh. Do you feel like you're a better player than those guys? It's kind of hard to answer that question. No, I don't think I'm a better player. But I do think I'm as good as them when we're all playing well. They're both at least 10 years older than me, so they've obviously achieved a lot more and have a lot more experience. But I don't think I'm a better player, though I certainly think I can compete with them when I play well.

At what point do you transition from being a young, fearless phenom to not-so-young-guy-who-needs-to-win-a-major-to-gain-credibilty? If you had to put a time frame on it, an age? I'd probably be pretty concerned if I was 35 and hadn't won a major.

What are your expectations? I try to keep them realistic. Like I said before, thinking of being as good as Tiger, that's a little unrealistic. I know I'm not gonna win 20 majors. Maybe 10 [laughs].

What's the greatest golf tip you've ever gotten? The best golf tip I ever got was a chipping tip I got from Greg Norman the week I won the [2004] Players Championship. It was ironic, because I ended up chipping on three of the last four holes, and then obviously after I hit it in the water on 18 I had to pitch and putt to win. So maybe I wouldn't have gotten there without that tip.

Don't keep us in the dark! What was the tip? It was about shortening my chipping action, being a little more aggressive through the ball and using my knees a little bit. A little like the way Norman does it, and it was truly a timely little piece of advice.

If you had to pick a character in a movie that most closely resembled your own personality, who would it be? Hmm, this is a tough question. I need to think about that. Uh, probably you know, some real romantic heartthrob kind of guy. [Laughs] I'd have to get multiple choice on that one.

OK ... Hugh Grant in Notting Hill or ... No! Definitely not Hugh Grant!

OK. In the movie, Closer, the Clive Owen character, the bad guy, or Jude Law, the simpering romantic? OK. Probably Jude Law.

How often do you get recognized in the U.S. away from the golf course? Like in a mall or a store? Not very often. But sometimes at sporting events. I went to a fight in Las Vegas a couple of weekends ago, and some guy recognized me there.

Do you like when that happens? Or would you prefer anonymity? Well, I like kind of getting around with nobody knowing. I can get up to more trouble that way. So I'd choose being anonymous.

We Americans identify you as one of the great Aussie golfers. Do you more closely identify with being an Australian, or with being a golfer? I'm a proud Australian and I probably think of myself as an Australian before a golfer, but other people might not.

Is there a new Australian golfer on the block whom we may not have heard of but who may be the next big thing out of your country? Well I think you've heard of him. His name's Andrew Buckle. I've been touting Bucks now for a few years. We grew up playing golf together. He played really well in Asia the last couple of years and he played very well on the Nationwide Tour last year. I always knew he'd be a good player. And I expect him to keep going, to come over here and do well, too.

What's one of your favorite courses in the world? Cypress Point in California. I just love it.

If you had to pick the major you think you have the best shot at winning, which would it be and why? I've always said the U.S. Open, because when I play well I drive the ball really well, and that might help me at a U.S. Open. But if I could only win one major, I'd want it to be Augusta.

And when are you going to win the U.S. Open? June, next year.

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