Seven Players To Light Up The Masters: Adam Scott

Nick HowsonCorrespondent IApril 7, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 26:  Adam Scott of Australia hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge on March 26, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

This is the fifth in a series of seven previewing players who could grab this year's Masters by the scruff of the neck and take control this coming weekend.

Today is the turn of Australian Adam Scott, whose rise up the rankings has seen comparisons with the great Aussie players of yesteryear, but the youngster is attempting to make his own name in the game stick out.

Scott's rise came in 2002, when he won the Scottish PGA Championship by a record-breaking 10 shots, just two years after turning pro.

In 2007, however, he secured his best ranking position of third with victory at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

The man from down-under has in fact secured 15 titles in the last eight years with consistent performances on the PGA Tour.

This week will be a chance to show the golfing world what he can do after a string of disappointing performances at Major Tournaments.

Scott started last year in good form capturing the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters going into the Masters, but finished tied for 25th on Sunday.

Another title followed after the Augusta Tournament but he yet again endured a torrid time at the US Open and then the Open Championship.

The end to his Major season was caped off with a failure to make the cut at the PGA Championship, not the climax to the season Scott had hoped for or deserved.

His best finish at Augusta actually arrived as far back as 2002, when he finish tied for ninth.

Comparisons have already been made with Greg Norman, who has provided his own advice to this talented individual, who typically picks Norman as his all-time golfing hero.

His chances at Augusta rely on his superb natural swing, which seems to mimic the previous technique used by Tiger Woods, as seen here.

He certainly wouldn’t be a shock winner, due to the respect he has on the tour, but does he have the technical game to survive all four days? I think he does.

For me he’s the dark horse of the championship, and even thought plenty of focus will be on the American players, Scott has the talent and most importantly the wherewithal to keep up with the home favourites.

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