08 Sep 2022 | Professional golf |
Aussies on Tour: Scott seeks redemption at Wentworth
by Australian Golf Media
Adam Scott will have to overcome his struggles with Wentworth’s opening hole as he seeks to win the DP World Tour’s flagship event for the first time in England starting Thursday.
Scott ended a 15-year hiatus at the BMW PGA Championship 12 months ago and with one round to play was within reach of his first win since February 2020.
An opening round of six-under 65 had Scott in contention the entire week, starting the final round just two shots off the lead.
But for the second time that week he dropped a shot at the West Course’s 433-metre par 4 opening hole, ultimately finishing six shots back of American Billy Horschel in a tie for 14th.
His tie for 11th in 2004 is his best result in six appearances at Wentworth and he enters this week’s star-studded tournament in a confident frame of mind.
The 42-year-old played his way into successive FedEx Cup Playoff events with top-five finishes at the FedEx St Jude Championship and BMW Championship and will spearhead the International team at the Presidents Cup in two weeks’ time.
Joining Scott in flying the Aussie flag in Surrey are Min Woo Lee, Lucas Herbert, Jason Scrivener, Wade Ormsby, Scott Hend, Maverick Antcliff while Kiwi Ryan Fox will hope to build on his outstanding season, currently sixth in the DP World Tour rankings.
Lee and Scrivener return to the DP World after failing to earn a PGA TOUR card at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals while Herbert and Fox both have a point to prove after missing out on Presidents Cup selection.
Although she has dropped to No.3 in the world, West Australian Minjee Lee has the top spot on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings within reach heading into a new event on the LPGA Tour calendar.
It has been 33 years since Cincinnati has hosted a LPGA Tour event, Lee hoping to tighten her stranglehold on both Rolex LPGA Player of the Year and the Race to CME Globe standings with a strong showing at the Kroger City Queen Championship.
Eight Aussies will contest the tri-sanctioned Shinhan Donghae Open in Japan and four Australians will tee it up as the Champions Tour returns with the Ascension Charity Classic in Missouri.
Round 1 tee times AEST
DP World Tour BMW PGA Championship Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England 4.30pm Scott Hend, Abraham Ancer, Sebastian Soderberg 4.40pm Maverick Antcliff, Jamie Donaldson, Matthew Southgate 5.20pm Ryan Fox (NZ), Rafa Cabrera Bello, Dean Burmester 6.55pm Jason Scrivener, Aaron Rai, Ian Poulter 9.30pm Min Woo Lee, Lucas Herbert, Ewen Ferguson 9.55pm Adam Scott, Nicolai Hojgaard, Thomas Pieters 11.35pm Wade Ormsby, Nicolai Von Dellingshausen, Santiago Tarrio
Defending champion: Billy Horschel Past Aussie winners: Rodger Davis (1986), Mike Harwood (1990) Top Aussie prediction: Adam Scott TV schedule: Live 5pm-3am Thursday, Friday; Live 9pm-1.30am Saturday; Live 8pm-1.30am Sunday on Fox Sports 503.
Japan Golf Tour/Asian Tour/Korean PGA The 38th Shinhan Donghae Open KOMA Country Club, Nara Prefecture, Japan 7.50am Won Joon Lee, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Yujiro Ohori 8.10am Daniel Fox, Bong-sub Kim, Takahiro Hatachi 9.10am Brendan Jones, Jeon Jaehan, Janne Kasuke 9.40am Jake Higginbottom, Siddikur Rahman, Jeonghyeob Hyun 12.50pm* Todd Sinnott, Jeon Sung Hyun, Juvic Pagunsan 1.20pm Junseok Lee, Hirohiro Ichihara, Miguel Carballo 1.50pm Brad Kennedy, Kim Tae-hoon, Hiroyo Ikemura 2pm Travis Smyth, Yi-Keun Chang, Tomoyasu Sugiyama 2.10pm* Ben Campbell (NZ), Viraj Madappa, Lee Sang-hee
Defending champion: Yo-Seop Seo Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Travis Smyth TV schedule: Live 1pm-5pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday on Fox Sports 503.
Champions Tour Ascension Charity Classic Norwood Hills Country Club, St Louis, Missouri Australasians in the field: Steven Alker, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, David McKenzie, Rod Pampling
Defending champion: David Toms (2020) Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Stuart Appleby TV schedule: Live 3am-6am Saturday on Fox Sports 505; Live 7am-9am Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503.
LPGA Tour Kroger City Queen Championship Kenwood Country Club (Kendale Cse), Cincinnati, Ohio 9.52pm Karis Davidson, Stephanie Meadow, Giulia Molinaro 10.36pm* Minjee Lee, Paula Creamer, Brooke M. Henderson 10.58pm* Sarah Kemp, Azahara Munoz, Anne van Dam 11.20pm* Sarah Jane Smith, Gianna Clemente (a), Vivian Hou 3.14am Hannah Green, Ally Ewing, Andrea Lee
Defending champion: Inaugural event Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Hannah Green TV schedule: Live 6am-9am Friday, Saturday; Live 4am-7am Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503.
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