Excitement continues to build for this weekend’s Australian Open. After last year’s thrilling finish, Adam Scott will be seeking a response to his late defeat in the event last year, when a bogey at the 72nd hole allowed McIlroy in to deny him the chance of a home 'Triple Crown'. Scott enters the tournament alongside a 156-man field at The Australian Golf Club, but all eyes are focused on the battle between himself and Rory McIlroy, who capitalised on Scott’s 72nd hole Bogey to steal the tournament last time out.
Scott will be hoping his ongoing auditions for a new caddie won’t cause a distraction ahead of the event, but after describing former caddie Steve Williams as irreplaceable, he certainly has a job on his hands. This week, the Australian is using Mike Kerr as his bagman, and the Zimbabwean doesn’t lack experience, having worked with Lee Westwood, Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez. But, he currently works for Thorbjorn Olesen as a regular caddie, so a move to Scott would be a delicate issue.
And finally, the PGA of America has established the ‘Deacon Palmer Award’ named after the late father of Arnold Palmer. Arnold was presented the inaugural award at the 98th PGA Annual meeting in Indianapolis earlier this week. The prize recognises outstanding work of the golf professionals of the PGA of America.
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