On first glance, Adam Scott does not seem like a guy who is unruly when he talks, but
it seems there are winds of change. Boy, he commented on USGA and with a furore, giving
no heed and not mincing his words on his advice.
He is mostly known for his fluid, seemingly effortless swing and a debonair appearance.
When everybody else was looking for a curtain to hide on not participating in the
last year’s Rio Olympics, he was candid about it with his reasons.
He was very vocal and supporting the issues including his caddie Steve Williams, blaming it on
media to have taken it out of proportion, where his caddie had alleged that he was treated unfairly
by his last boss Tiger Woods.
Adam Scott in his recent interview with Golfweek’s Jeff Babineau made remarks
on the USGA which shall be considered as a plea too.
He said that “Let’s just have something that’s a challenge and interesting, not just playing brutal,”
after his T-31st finish at the recently concluded the Memorial.”
“Maybe it’s time to do away with the even-par target, just thinking about the bigger picture of the game
requires courses of golf,” Scott told Babineau in Dublin. “If their major pinnacle
requires courses to be the way they are, it doesn’t set a good example for every other bit of golf that
they try to promote. Maybe we should get the numbers out of our heads and try a new strategy.”
His comments are at par with the notion that only two of the last nine winners have finished over
par, the sentiment regarding the course fairness is certainly real.
Even par is often regarded as the target score on Open courses. Over the past 11 years, four
U.S. Opens have been won with over-par totals.
“Maybe it’s time to do away with the even-par target,” Scott said.
“The ball is in their court. Hopefully, they get it right this time, just from a playability standpoint.
“If their major pinnacle event requires courses to be the way they are, it doesn’t set a good example.”
Scott said that while he does not question the intent of the USGA, “they’ve really dropped the ball
with where the game is at over the last 20 years.”
We hope Scott is ready for the challenge at the next week’s U.S. Open and performs his best
where he has had only one top-five finish in his 15 appearances so far.