Scott channels Els at Presidents Cup – PGA of Australia

The international team have unfortunately only beaten the Americans once – at Royal Melbourne in 1998 – and the 2013 Masters champion has a burning desire to finally taste glory against the red, white and blue.

“I think the best thing I can do this week is earn points,” Scott said.

“I remember when I played with Ernie (Els) as a rookie, he had so much control on the course. He knew what he was doing there. He had experience and he was one of the best players in the world.

“I feel like I would love to be that guy this week for everyone I play with.”

Scott made his South Africa debut in 2003 where the Cup was split – after three playoff holes tied between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, captains and players agreed the contest would end in a tie – and added valuable points while playing alongside Els. .

They picked up unique victories over Justin Leonard and Jim Fuyrk, as well as Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco, and the 42-year-old is looking forward to seeing his current teammates achieve their dreams as he did at a similar age.

“I think I lean into the younger ones because of their enthusiasm and everything,” Scott said.

“I think it’s good for an old dog like me to see that. I remember when I spotted it in South Africa I was a bit of a deer in the headlights. I just went out and played golf and I didn’t know anything better, and I got a little carried away by Ernie, and some exciting things happened at the end.

“It was exactly what I dreamed of doing as a kid, to be on this team and earn a point. That’s kind of what I think these guys should be this week.

Much has been made of the international team’s notable absences, and Scott was even asked during his Tuesday press conference how a decisive win would compare to historic sporting upsets like Australia II winning the America’s Cup in 1983.

However, he did not buy into this narrative. Instead, Scott claimed the Internationals – which include fellow Australian Cameron Davis – “come here better prepared than ever” and no one should be sleeping on them.

“This group of guys on our team are elite-level golfers, and actually this format should be easier for us to get an 18-hole win,” Scott said.

“It’s not 72 holes against a better team. There are fewer holes for us to get the better of these top players. It’s a bit of a sprint.

“The biggest thing that (captain) Trevor (Immelman) and anybody on our team can do is help our guys get to the first tee ready to go and hit some good shots and get up early. and from there it’s a sprint and they’re elite golfers.

“They are not lazy. I was really impressed playing here with them a few weeks ago.

“The level of talent is there, and something like that, if one of them finds that belief there, hits the shot at the right time or makes a putt at the right time, that could really get them started this week. , and also, you might also see great things from them in the future.

“I’m referring to Scottie Scheffler for whoever had a great Ryder Cup last year, and look at what he did last year, and I think that might be a connection to those events for that individual performance. later.”

Scott himself won THE PLAYERS Championship just five months after his Presidents Cup debut, and calling on positive memories in pressure situations is going to be vital this week.

“Looking back to Melbourne, although it was the one that stung for sure, I thought a lot of things had changed, the direction of that team changed there, and I think that continued” , did he declare.

“Trevor embraced that a lot and did an amazing job. I think we’re going to see that continue regardless of the outcome.

“I remain incredibly optimistic that we have a chance this week.”

Michael C. Ford