Adam Scott uses 8-year-old driver at Players, opens with 69

Adam Scott returns to long putter, and a 2010-model driver.

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Fri, 11 May 2018
Adam Scott uses 8-year-old driver at Players, opens with 69

Adam Scott has endured a wretched run of form of late, so it's no surprise to see him ring a couple of equipment changes at this week's Players Championship.

Scott, who earlier this week revealed he's switched back to his trusty long Scotty Cameron putter (albeit one he can no longer anchor following the anchor ban in 2016), was spotted using a 2010-launched Titleist 910 D3 driver on day one at TPC Sawgrass.


The 2004 Players champion carded a first-round 3-under 69 to sit inside the top 30 and just three strokes off the pace, and he was happy with the improvements he saw following a couple of tweaks to his clubs. 

"It doesn't matter whether it's on the greens or you got to do something else driving the ball, to make the game what you feel is easier is definitely something you need to do, especially when you've been struggling for any kind of momentum out there, which has been, for me, frustrating," said Scott, a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour. "So it's freeing some things up."

Looking at Scott's opening-round driving stats, and it was a so-so performance, ranking 84th in driving accuracy (57%) and 45th in driving distance (297 yards). 

On the greens and back with his old long putter, Scott looked much more comfortable and ranked 17th in strokes-gained putting (2.360). Heading into the week, Scott ranked 193rd in this category. 

Scott needs a big couple of events in order to play his way into the US Open, which he is currently not exempt for next month now that he has fallen outside the top 60 in the world.