Scott links with ex-coach for US Open tilt

Adam Scott of Australia plays his shot from the second tee during a practice round prior to the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.© Warren Little/Getty Images
Adam Scott of Australia plays his shot from the second tee during a practice round prior to the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Adam Scott will tee off at the US Open brimming with confidence after reuniting with the swing coach who helped deliver his historic 2013 Masters victory.

Scott recently linked back up with brother-in-law and former coach Brad Malone, who guided Scott out of his 2009 slump and up the world rankings to No.1 a year after donning the green jacket.

In 2011, it was Malone who suggested Scott use the longer, broomstick putter which he used to deliver Australia’s first Masters green jacket.

Scott says Malone, who was walking the fairways with Scott during a practice round at Shinnecock Hills in New York on Wednesday, has worked wonders on his game lately.

“It’s been a good thing for me talking with him over the last few weeks,” Scott said.

“As much as he watches my technique, he can put me in a great headspace and I think for professional golfers that’s a very good thing.

“I’m really comfortable with where things are going; I feel like (my game) is good enough to contend this week.

“I’m definitely seeing signs; the last six weeks there has been enough good golf to contend, especially in the ball-striking.”

It leaves one missing piece from Scott’s triumph at Augusta National – accomplished caddie Steve Williams.

While Scott didn’t rule out a Williams return in the future, he did say it was unlikely anytime soon.

Scott needs a full-time bagman and New Zealand-based Williams no longer caddies a full playing schedule.

“I don’t think so; I haven’t really thought about it or any caddie situation moving forward,” Scott said of Williams, who also helped Tiger Woods to 13 of his 14 major championship victories.

“But the likelihood Steve wants to caddie full-time is not high.”

Instead, Scott will use local Shinnecock caddie Lenny Bummolo this week after parting ways with Englishman David Clark just before the US Open.

Scott has used Bummolo during casual rounds at Shinnecock Hills during the past five years, including one round in 2013 when Scott set the course record from the championship tees with a 63 (it was broken the next year by Kevin Stadler).

“Of course, his knowledge here is unquestionable; I’ve played here 20 times but he’s probably (caddied) here 20,000 times,” Scott said on Wednesday.

Searching for his second major title, the 37-year-old Scott revealed he will have Bummolo read every putt on Shinnecock’s devilishly tricky greens.

“I am going to let him read them all; why wouldn’t I?” Scott said.

“It’s going to be helpful; it takes a lot of pressure off me that you have to deal with at a US Open, especially on the greens.”

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A COMPLETE GUIDE TO GOLF’S US OPEN

WHERE: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY

WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, June 14-17

PURSE: $US12 million ($A16 million), $US2.16 million ($A2.85 million) for the winner

LAST YEAR: Big bomber Brooks Koepka brought the longest ever US Open course, Erin Hills, to its knees during a four-stroke victory over Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama.

AUSTRALIANS IN THE FIELD (9): Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones, Lucas Herbert, Jason Scrivener and David Bransdon.

BEST AUSTRALIAN CHANCE: Jason Day. He is the world No.8, has two US PGA Tour wins this year, has two runner ups and three other top 10s at the US Open.

FIRST ROUND TEE TIMES, AUSTRALIANS:

Thursday AEST

8:56pm – Trey Mullinax; (a) Matt Parziale.; Jason Scrivener, Australia

9:07pm – David BransdonAustralia; Eric Axley; Tyler Duncan

9:18pm – (a) Garrett Rank, Canada; Mackenzie Hughes, Canada; Aaron Baddeley, Australia

9:40pm – Bubba Watson.; Jason Day, Australia; Brooks Koepka

10:13pm – Hideki Matsuyama; Marc Leishman, Australia; Rickie Fowler

Friday AEST

3:36am – Cameron Smith, Australia; Kyle Stanley; Pat Perez

3:47am – Henrik Stenson; Adam Scott, Australia; Martin Kaymer

2:30 am – Matthew Jones, Australia; Ryan Fox, New Zealand; Shota Akiyoshi

4:20am – Lucas Herbert, Australia; Brian Stuard; (a) Stewart Hagestad

ABOUT SHINNECOCK HILLS

– Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, founded in 1891, is the oldest incorporated golf club in the US

– Shinnecock Hills is one of the five founding member clubs of US Open organiser the USGA

– In 1896, Shinnecock Hills hosted the second US Open (35 total players) and second US Amateur (58 total players)

– In 1995, the Centennial US Open was played at Shinnecock Hills and won by Corey Pavin

– The 2018 US Open will be the 10th played on Long Island and fifth at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES:

– US Open exemptions for 10 years

– An invitation to the next five Masters

– Exemptions in the next five British Opens

– Exemptions in the next five US PGA Championships

– Exemptions in the next five Players Championships

– Five-year status on the US PGA Tour

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