Australian teenage sensation Adam Scott took some timely advice from the runaway US Open winner Tiger Woods to "go out there, play hard and let them have it!"
Scott, the former Australian Amateur sensation makes his debut this morning at the Compaq European Grand Prix at Slaley Hall in Northumberland, taking on two of the European big guns in Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood.
Scott's baptism of fire in tour golf began at the Holden International when he shot 63 to lower the course record at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney. At the time, his countrymen Aaron Baddely and Brett Rumford were wining Professional events as amateurs and Scott played in their shadow…until he finished 6th in the Morroccan Open and followed it up with a fifth place placing at the Benson and Hedges International at the Belfry.
"I felt my game was good enough after my result in the Benson and Hedges to turn pro. It proved to me that the Moroccan Open wasn't just a flash in the pan and I was ready."
"I wasn't going to turn pro until after the British Open in late July. But I'm very keen to play on both tours, Europe and America, and if I'd left it that late then I'd have had fewer opportunities to make my card on either.
The nineteen-year old Aussie shares the same coach as Woods in Butch Harmon. He also uses a driver, made for Woods and regularly bombs it out around 300 yards.
And with Harmon taking care of the mechanics of the swing, his image as the "White Tiger" as he wears the same Nike Clothing as Woods, Scott is sure to be a successful player from a marketing standpoint, if not a money and title winner.
"Butch has made my swing tighter and more compact and he's also worked on my mental approach to the game," Scott said.
"People tell me that I have the potential to play with Woods at the top level, which is what I want to do.
"I want to go out and win in the company of world-class players and really challenge myself playing against guys like Tiger and Colin Montgomerie."