Focus on Final Round

He's put "Caddie-gate" behind him, and, too, the missed short putts Saturday that turned a potentially great round into an even-par effort. Now, Adam Scott is confident heading into Sunday's final round at Atlanta Athletic Club.


Australia's Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams enter the final round of the 93rd PGA Championship just five shots behind the leaders. (Getty Images)

By John Kim, Coordinating Producer

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Adam Scott has one of the most decorated resumes in golf -- to an extent. The 31-year old Aussie has a Players Championship title, a TOUR Championship title and famously as of last week, a World Golf Championship title with his win at the Bridgestone Invitational. He almost certainly has the most famous caddie in golf and perhaps the most famous long putter in golf as well.

But he still lacks the one thing he very much wants: a major championship title.

And despite a day of missed opportunities -- including a three-putt from 3 feet and a ball in the water at the par-5 12th -- Scott still feels he has a chance to gain that elusive major championship win.

"You can make up six shots in the last four holes," he said of his chances to catch the leaders going into Sunday. "So yeah, I think you can make up six shots in the last round. But I'm going to have to play well, going to have to get the momentum going and minimize the errors."

Scott lamented a few short missed putts that could have turned his even-par 70 into a real charge up the leaderboard.

"Yeah, look, I think I had my chances there on the front nine," he stated. "If I would have converted 8 and 9 and 10 in 3-under (instead going one-over), I could have been setting myself up for a great round today, put myself right there."

But his outlook and goal for the week haven't changed, though his final-day strategy has admittedly been tweaked.

"I think you can definitely make up some ground on the last four (holes) and if you've posted a number, it wouldn't be a very comfortable position to be standing on the 15th tee with a one-shot lead over someone in the clubhouse."

So it's go for broke for the famously laid-back Aussie.

"I've still got a chance tomorrow, I've got no pressure on me as far as I'm concerned," Scott said. "I've got nothing to lose. I'm here to win and win only, and if I finish second or 10th or 50th, it doesn't really matter."

Scott's week started with one of the most surreal controversies in golf history -- Caddie-gate. The typically serene Australian found himself in a whirlwind of controversy for doing nothing more than lapping the field at Firestone Country Club. With that victory, Scott found himself having to defend his caddie Steve Williams for comments seemingly pointed at Williams' former boss, Tiger Woods.

"Blown out of proportion," Scott said earlier in the week. "We'll just go and let our clubs do the talking for the rest of the week."

And so after the brouhaha died down regarding Williams, Scott then had to refocus his mind and golf on the difficult conditions at Atlanta Athletic Club and "Glory's Last Shot."

"This morning was tough waking up," he admitted as he has felt the drain of the last two weeks. "Felt like sleeping a bit longer, would have been good and maybe not playing golf for a day. It's just so hot out here."

But the heat and pressure of winning a major championship aren't enough to keep him down. Not now.

With his valiant and close-but-not-quite-close-enough effort at the Masters, where he tied for second with fellow Australian Jason Day, two shots behind Charl Schwartzel, and now having Williams, who worked with Tiger Woods for 13 major championship wins, as his full-time caddie, Scott feels as though his best golf is still ahead of him.

Depending on how his strategy and shots work out on Sunday, he very well may be right.