ADAM SCOTT has the first one in the bag but can he make it a clean sweep of the big Aussie golf tournaments in 2013?
The US Masters Champion is also defending champion at the Talisker Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Club this week and would love to make it two in a row.
Only Robert Allenby in 2005 has achieved the triple crown of Australian golf, winning the PGA, Australian Masters and Australian Open in the same summer.
The 33 year old pocketed his first Australian PGA Championship on the weekend and now has his sights set on the second part of the equation.
“I would love to, absolutely,” Scott said on Sunday of the possibility of securing the triple crown.
“That would be an incredible way to end the year, but I think I am going to enjoy this for a couple of days before I think about playing next week and trying to win that and then maybe an Australian Open.
“I mean that would be incredible … What Robert did was remarkable but he made it possible. I will be going for it, for sure.”
Standing in the way of a continuing fairy tale at Royal Melbourne is a quality field that includes Matt Kuchar, Vijay Singh, Brendon de Jonge, Marc Leishman and Geoff Ogilvy.
Leishman is one who would love to spoil Scott’s party – no doubt with the greatest respect.
The Victorian spent his schoolboy years dreaming of the Australian Masters yellow jacket.
”This is the first tournament I ever came to as a kid,” he said. ”Mum and dad brought me down to it and I must have been eight or nine years old.
”I can still remember watching Greg Norman, and watching other years on TV, and it was a tournament I felt I could always relate to growing up.
”I was always excited when it got to this time of year and the Masters was on again. So to have a chance to win it would be unbelievable.
”But there is a lot of golf between now and then, so hopefully I can do the right things. But it would be nice to go into Sunday with a chance to get a win.”
Another crowd favourite this week will be Jarrod Lyle, returning to competitive golf after a 20-month break battling leukaemia for the second time.
Live TV Coverage on Seven
Live television coverage of the 2013 Australian Masters in on Channel 7.
1st Round: Thursday, November 14 12:30pm – 5:30pm (AEST)
2nd Round: Friday, November 15 12:30pm – 5:30pm (AEST)
3rd Round: Saturday, November 16 12:30pm – 5:30pm (AEST)
Final Round: Sunday, November 17 12:30pm – 5:30pm (AEST)
First Round Tee Times
Australian Masters Leaderboard