CROMWELL, CONNECTICUT |
continues to be a work in
progress. He won the Valero Texas Open
in San Antonio in May, his first PGA Tour
victory since 2008. But he missed the cut
at the U.S. Open two weeks ago. Instead
of going home to regroup, he soldiered
on, entering the Travelers Championship.
“I’ve worked on my swing all the
time, but in the last six months it has
he said. “A couple
of things I struggled
with at Texas was
I think my wedge
play hasn’t been
great this year. You
know, I’m working on that, and I think
controlling three-quarter shots kind of
goes hand-in-hand with the wedge play.
“And I can practice that all day long
on the range, but can only really see how
you’re progressing if you’re out on the
course in a tournament under pressure
when it counts. So my game’s in good
shape. I think I’m better served being
out here playing and making the most of
me playing well rather than standing on
the range at home and playing well. That
doesn’t do me any good at all.”
Scott’s putter, which had been his
Achilles’ heel, was the winning club at
the Valero Texas Open and he credits
the Stockton family –
– for the turnaround.
“I really struggled with the putting
this year, just getting in my own way,”
Scott said. “And Dave certainly and his
son, Junior, have certainly helped me
get out of my own way. At Texas, obvi-
ously, Sunday I made everything. But
you know, it’s still a work in progress.
“And just fresh in my mind is the
U.S. Open. I mean, it was hard to make
putts on the greens last week, but you
know, I could have made a couple more.
It would have made a big difference. It
makes a big difference the way you play
shots into the green. You can really get
a little more aggressive and committed
because you know if you mess up, the
putter will be there to back you up.”
is not going quietly into
the good night or even onto the Cham-
pions Tour, for which he is eligible in
August. He has lost almost 30 pounds
and hired a personal trainer to see if
he can still keep up with players on the
PGA Tour half his age.
, the U.S. Ryder Cup
captain, was on the leaderboard all
week at the Travelers Championship.
But most of what is on his mind is how
his prospective team is shaping up.
“It’s still a little bit early,” Pavin
said. “We still have two major
championships (before the team is set).
There’s still a long way to go. With the
major championships being double
points, a lot can happen. I think it’s fairly
)’s going to
be on the team. I think mathematically
it’s impossible for him not to make the
team. And I’m guessing that probably
) and A.K. (
probably on the team as well mathe-
matically. So that part is shaping up, but
there’s still a lot that can happen.
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