Adam Scott: Will Attend The Turning Stone Resort Championship

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2009

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Greg Norman and Adam Scott of Australia walks across a fairway during a practice round prior to the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2009 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

14 months ago, if someone told you that Adam Scott would be a member of the 2009 Presidents Cup team you would have shrugged your shoulders and said “yeah, so. Of course he will.”

14 months ago, if someone told you that Adam Scott would be attending the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship in Verona, New York, you would have probably laughed and asked whether or not the PGA Tour had decided to change their stance on appearance fees.

Needless to say, a lot has changed over the past 14 months.

Scott entered the 2008 U.S. Open ranked third in the world Golf Rankings.  Today he is ranked 55th.

Since the 2008 U.S. Open, Scott has missed 12 cuts and has managed to finish inside of the top-50 at just six out of 24 events. 

Scott has made just four cuts on the PGA Tour since the WGC-CA Championship all the way back in April.

Even more amazing, he barely managed to break 80 at the PGA Championship and was eliminated from the FedEx Cup playoffs after tying for 58th at The Barclays.

Scott and long-time swing coach Butch Harmon "mutually agreed" to part ways prior to The Barclays. 

While working out on the range at Liberty National, Scott was surrounding by at least five 'coaches' who were recording every centimeter of his golf swing. 

While Scott’s entourage were trying to figure out why a player who was ranked as high as third in the world just a year ago is now having a hard time breaking 80, casual golf fans looking on would have thought that lowering his head in disgust was actually part of Scott’s swing routine.

Adam Scott may not yet be approaching David Duval land, but his recent struggles constitute far more than just a minor slump.

We are talking about a guy who was considered the third best player in the world just 14 months ago and he is now having trouble making cuts and even breaking 80 on difficult golf courses.

Although there are many people out there shaking their heads and snickering at Scott’s decision to attend a fall series event, his playing in the Turning Stone Championship is actually a very good decision.


Because things can’t get much worse for Adam Scott on the golf course.

If he plays terribly, so what; that’s nothing new.  The guy has been struggling for over a year now and one more bad outing won’t make anyone question Greg Norman’s decision much more than they already have.

But, if he plays well, it could just give him some much needed confidence heading into the Presidents Cup which is scheduled to take place Aug. 6-11 at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco.

Struggling golfers seem to have a knack for regaining their form in the most obscure places.

So who knows, Scott may finally be able to turn things around in early October at The Turning Stone Resort Championship.

The golf gods have not been overly kind to Greg Norman in the past, to put it mildly.  But, just maybe they’ll warm up to Scott in a few weeks, and in the process, throw Norman a bone.