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The Tour Report

August 1 2012

11:57 AM

Scott sees Sawgrass in Kiawah

Interview: Adam Scott

The 2011 Bridgestone Invitational winner talks about his defense this week at Firestone.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

AKRON, Ohio -- After the way he handled Firestone a year ago, winning the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by four shots, Adam Scott didn't really need any extra practice prior to his title defense.

So the Aussie decided to scoot down to Kiawah Island on the South Carolina coast and play the Ocean Course, which hosts the PGA Championship next week, for the first time.

"I'd only seen the pictures in magazines, which obviously are quite stunning,' Scott said. "It's two different nine holes.  The front nine is a really nice, playable golf course, and then the back nine is not."

Scott says the Ocean Course reminds him of another Pete Dye creation -- the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. While the lush, tree-lined, more traditional-style course he'll play at Firestone this week won't necessarily be good preparation, he does have history with Dye courses after winning THE PLAYERS Championship there in 2004.

"Kiawah reminds me of a lot of golf courses," Scott said. "There's a lot of Sawgrass in there.  It's a Pete Dye golf course. He has his kind of signature stamps on his design. And I've seen a lot of Sawgrass out there on some other courses.
"But no, it's different grass here and stuff, so this week is really not that much like Kiawah at all."

Scott said the final nine holes of the links layout are "very severe." With the location on the shores of the Atlantic, the winds and weather are sure to be a factor in the season’s final major.

"Look, it rained a lot while I was there the last two days, and it's playing very soft and very long," Scott said. "It's going to be very weather dependent. There's good scores out there in good weather, but if the wind blows, it's just going to be very difficult, even if they move tees forward and stuff like that.

"Green complexes are very severe on some holes, and it's just extreme penalty for a miss. There's water one side and big waste bunkers the other. It's certainly going to need some ball striking."