Missing LinksNovember 25, 2015

Adam Scott aiming for Jordan Spieth and Australian Open, is ‘very fired up to win’

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The ordinarily mild-mannered Australian Adam Scott is taking dead aim at the Australian Open and defending champion Jordan Spieth this week. “The swagger might not be back just yet, but Adam Scott is at least talking the talk,” Adam Pengilly of the Sydney Morning Herald writes. “If you could just peel away Scott's trademark sunglasses for a moment there is likely to be a steely glare. ‘I'm very fired up to win the Australian Open this week, the world No. 12 said. ‘It's got a big feel about it to me. I've been building it up in my own mind, just knowing Jordan [Spieth] is coming back to defend. [Caddie Steve Williams] is certainly treating this week just like I've spoken of, this is our major this week and we're going to treat it accordingly. We're here on a mission.’”

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