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ADAM SCOTT gets some further competition experience with his new conventional putter this week, joining the US PGA TOUR at the first event of a two week Asian swing.
The CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and features a limited field of 78 players including Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na, Branden Grace, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Ernie Els and defending champion Ryan Moore.
The other Aussies teeing it up include Matt Jones, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, Marc Leishman, Scott Hend, Cameron Smith and Andrew Dodt.
Before the event Scott admitted he was still experimenting with his putting stroke in what he called a “transitional” year in his golf and his life. The period, which was highlighted by the birth of his first child, saw him slip from world No.1 last year to 14th currently.
“This year’s been a bit of a transitional period in my life and also on the golf course,” he told a media conference in Kuala Lumpur.” There wasn’t a great deal of consistency in my golf this year. And I think that was the difference between the previous years [where] I was extremely consistent.
“Things were always moving in the right direction, and that’s where I have to get back to, to build the confidence and keep putting good score after good score together to compete with the likes of Jason Day and Jordan Spieth and Rory (McIlroy) at the top of the world.
“I feel like it’s still, it’s not very far away, it’s a good couple months of golf, really, if you just look at what Jason Day did going into The Open Championship this year, I believe he was ranked ninth in the world and then nine weeks later he’s No. 1. So, it’s an incredible run of golf, but that’s how quickly things can happen, if you get the momentum going.”
Scott has been using a standard length Scotty Cameron putter after abandoning the broomstick ahead of the anchoring ban coming into force on January 1.
“I started the week putting cross-handed at the Presidents Cup, but that only lasted a day and a half, and then I switched in the middle of my second match to an, I guess, a claw-style grip. And that’s somewhat more how I was putting with the longer putter, or the hands looked similar in that respect,” he said.
“But it’s been going well. I feel very comfortable with it. I had a nice day putting and a good match against Rickie Fowler on Sunday in the singles. And I felt it went well in Japan (last week), and it’s continuing to feel good. And I’m looking forward to this week.
“It’s something, a forced change, but sometimes they’re good. And I’m very motivated and enthusiastic about my putting at the moment with this change, something I can really get stuck into and try and become the best putter I can be with this method now.”
Scott is scheduled to return home after this event to prepare for his appearances at the Uniqlo Australian Masters at Huntingdale in Melbourne, followed by the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.
There is live Fox Sports coverage of the CIMB Classic beginning Thursday afternoon.
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