Scott Seeks Slice Of Australian Golfing History – Only Fourth To Win Two Or More Majors

St. Louis, Missouri …

Just three Australians in the history of the ancient club-and-ball game have won two of more Majors.

The include the late, great Peter Thomson, Greg Norman and David Graham.

With a round to play in the 100th PGA Championship, Adam Scott is quietly-determined to become a fourth.

At present, the 2013 Masters winning Scott is among 137 players to have won one Major Championship and eight of those, including Scott, are Australian-born – Jim Ferrier (1947 PGA), Kel Nagle (1960 Open), Wayne Grady (1990 PGA), Ian Baker-Finch (1991 Open Championship), Steve Elkington (1995 PGA), Geoff Ogilvy (2006 US Open) and Jason Day (2015 PGA).Thirty-seven players have captured two Major Championships and two of those are Australians in Norman (1986 & 1993 Open) and Graham (1979 PGA and 1981 US Open), and with the now 72-year old Graham having been present on Tuesday night at the ‘Former PGA Champions’ dinner here at Bellerive.

Adam Scott looking very relaxed as he seeks to become only the fourth Australian in the history of the game to win two or more majors. (Photo – @tourmiss)

Now Scott has his chance to be in attendance at next year’s ‘Champions Dinner’ at Bethpage Park in New York State.

Scott, who has not finished any higher than T3rd in the 2006 PGA and more recently T5th in the 2013 PGA, now stands on the threshold of capturing a second Major and five-years after becoming the very first Australian to win the Masters.

The Queensland-born Scott producing a second straight round of 65 the current lowly World No. 76 finds himself in second place on 10-under par and just two shots adrift of dual US Open winning, Brooks Koepka.

“I still think there’s a good score out there because this is a much softer golf course than what we were facing — it was ery severe wind on Sunday at the Open Championship, out of a different direction, and on a very firm course,” said Scott.

“This is muchsofter. There’s a good score out there. However, there’s the pressure of Sunday of a major as well. So I think what I’ll learn from The Open Championship is not to really put a number in mind, just go out and play and if I can hit fairways, I think I can give myself enough chances to shoot a low round tomorrow.

“It’s one of the great things about the PGA, it’s the strongest field in golf by World Ranking and I think it’s really great that they run down that World Ranking list to fill the field and make it the strongest event out here.”

And while Scott looks to write his name further into the history of Australian golf there is another aspect looming large into Sunday’s final round unfolding and that is the passing earlier in the week of 36-year Jarrod Lyle.

Scott was asked what it would mean if he were to win this week.

“Well, I mean it would be more than twice the thrill for me, but I think no matter who wins tomorrow I think if that person has met Jarrod Lyle, then hey will have felt something with him passing this week,” said Scott.

“It’s been such a difficult thing I think for us to get our heads around because we have been removed from Jarrod and his family back in Australia and everything happening so suddenly last week and then this week. I don’t even really know if we have all really had time to reflect on it and let it sink in.

“But I think that a part of everyone’s playing for Jarrod out here this week.”

 



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