For those of you who watched the epic collapse over the last four holes of the British Open for Adam Scott, your chance to see how he rebounds is upon you. If you can peel yourself away from the awful NBC coverage of the Olympics, your chance to see Adam Scott perform for the first time since his disaster will come at 2PM on the Golf Channel. With the PGA Tour stopping in nearby Akron, OH this week for the World Golf Challenge (WGC) Bridgestone Invitational this week, the headlines and scrutiny will surely be placed on one man, and that man happens to not be named Tiger Woods.
Two weeks ago we saw a collapse of almost Jean Van De Velde proportions at the British Open by Aussie golfer Adam Scott. With a 3 shot lead going into the last four holes, Scott bogeyed the last four, falling short by one stroke to eventual winner, Ernie Els. Els has been on the side of Adam Scott before, namely the 2004 Masters where he lost on the final hole to first time major champion Phil Mickleson. Els said that he felt for Scott, because he’s been there before. He also said he admired him as a person and golfer and said that he would eventually recover from this…in time. Adam Scott himself even said he took away the positives from his performance and hopes to get back in the winner’s circle soon. How soon has yet to be determined, and this week at the Bridgestone will be no exception.
The Bridgestone Invitational is played at the Firestone Country Club, and is known for having U.S. Open type rough and greens. Adam Scott didn’t fare so well at the U.S. Open this year, and his recovery efforts will again be tested this week. Scott says he feels comfortable and confident on this course layout, and it is the site of his lone win last year. With veteran caddie Stevie Williams by his side, it should be pretty easy to get back into his winning ways. Williams has won at Firestone a total of eight times, seven times being with his former boss, Tiger Woods. So Williams is no stranger to this course, and should be as confident and comfortable as his current boss.
In my experience, having good memories about a course that I’ve had success at is a big advantage, which Scott has about Firestone. However, I’m no professional, and I haven’t thrown away my chance to win a professional major over the course of four holes. Professional golfers are known to have short memories, not letting a past loss affect their current week. However, I’m willing to bet my job that Adam Scott’s final four holes will haunt his memories for a long time, and eventually start affecting him in a negative way. He won’t win the Bridgestone this week, nor will he compete at the PGA Championship later this month. Maybe after this season he’ll be able to exercise the demons of major’s past and come back stronger next year. But this year is a lost one for the Aussie.