Friday, November 19, 2010

Scott targets major titles after Singapore victory

Adam Scott hopes his third Singapore Open title triumph on Monday will act as a springboard for an attack on golf's four major tournaments next year. The Australian completed a final-round 68 after the tournament went into a fifth day following weather disturbances, finishing on 17-under-par 267 three shots clear of Denmark's second-placed Anders Hansen.

The victory, his first at Sentosa since the Asian Tour event became co-sanctioned by the European Tour last year, opened him back into the top-20 of golf's world rankings. It was the seventh European Tour title of the 30-year-old's career, and he will now turn his attention to maintaining a maiden major title in 2011.

"You just want your game to be in good shape when you get to Augusta [the Masters] or the U.S. Open, the British Open, PGA Championship," Scott told the tournament's website after following up his 2005 and 2006 successes.

Scott was happy with the form he demonstrated in the rain-affected tournament at the Sentosa Golf Club his second success of 2010 after winning the PGA Tour's Valero Texas Open in May -- although he admitted to finding the harsh weather conditions challenging. "It was a great win but it was a rough week for us. Testing weather conditions with delays and even when we were on the route, it can get uncomfortable at times as it was not easy to play," he said.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez (66) shared eighth place with Keith Horne of South Africa (68) , with European Tour money-list leader Martin Kaymer the 2010 U.S. PGA champion down in 10th after closing with 69.