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"It's just up to us to try to chase him down": Great Scott sets the pace


World No.6 Adam Scott is confident he can create history and make it three wins on the Florida Swing as he lines up for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill this week.

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Having claimed the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens and World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship in Miami in consecutive weeks, Scott returns after a week off to try to add the Orlando stop to his trophy case.

He famously coughed up a big lead in the event in 2014 to finish third and has some unfinished business at the place where he jointly holds the course record 62.

Scott became the first player since Tiger Woods (2013) to win twice in the four-event swing through the sunshine state but no player has ever won three of the events.

“I don’t really know how long I can keep it up. You got to take advantage of it while it’s there, that’s the big thing and obviously I feel confident I can play well this week,” Scott said.

“Nothing feels any different than when I left Doral [Miami] and I’d like to get myself in that position to win again this week and keep it running.

“Tiger [Woods] kept running for about ten years. Maybe I’ve got a couple more weeks in me.”

The last player to win in three consecutive starts was Rory McIlroy in 2014 when he claimed the British Open, WGC Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship in a stunning burst.

The current world No.2 is also in the field this week and even joked about bringing back the now banned anchored putting stroke Scott used to employ.

“Adam is playing, very very well. He seems very confident with his overall game,” McIlroy said of the in-form Australian.

“He’s obviously put a lot of work in with the putter and it’s paid off big time so it’s great to see.

“Adam has been one of the best players in the world for a long time and great players are going to get on runs like this and it’s just up to us to try to chase him down. He’s playing fantastic golf,” McIlroy said.

With the Masters less than a month away Scott is wary of peaking too soon but spent some time away from the course last week to ensure he stays fresh.

“Hopefully I haven’t peaked too early but the point is to try to get yourself ready for every tournament you play,” he said.

“I think guys like Tiger and some of the best players of history have showed that they can sustain a high level of golf for fairly long periods of time… it’s just a matter of finding that formula for you. I’m always trying to ask myself the question and be honest – do I need rest, do I need practice, what suits me right now?

“I’m pretty refreshed. I had a nice week at home last week. It’s back to business now and I’ve had some good rounds here, I’ve had some good chances here and like every player feels, this is a tournament you dearly love to win.”

Jason Day, Aaron Baddeley, Marc Leishman, teenager Ryan Ruffels and Matt Jones – who was third last year – join Scott in the field.


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