Scott chooses Australia over Singapore

Thu, 04 Aug 06:55:00 2011

Adam Scott will not defend his Singapore Open title and instead warm up for the Presidents Cup at the Australian Open in November, the world number 17 has said.

- Scott snubs Singapore

Both tournaments take place from November 10-13 - the week before the Presidents Cup clash - and Scott has decided to play in Sydney rather than Singapore, where he has claimed the title three times in the last six years.

"It was a tough one for me," the 31-year-old told Australia's Channel 10.

"(Sponsors) Barclays and the Singapore Open have been big supporters of mine, but the Australian Open is really tough to pass up and I am going to be playing in Sydney.

"I think it's the right move for me, I really want to get down there and win the Australian Open again."

Scott won his home open in 2009 and is relishing the chance of repeating the feat against a field including former world number one Tiger Woods, defending champion Geoff Ogilvy as well as American top 20 players Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson.

Greg Norman, who will captain the rest of the world barring Europe team at the Presidents Cup, and American team skipper Fred Couples will also tee off at the Lakes Golf Club the week before the team clash at Royal Melbourne.

"If I win the Australian Open, I'll be very happy going into the Presidents Cup," Scott added in an interview in Akron, Ohio, where he is playing at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Phil Mickelson, the world number six, will play at the $6 million Singapore Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.

Reuters

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