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Golf | European Tour

Scott aims for high five in Asia



World number 12 Adam Scott is the highest-ranked player at the Ballantine's Championship this week as he seeks to add another title in Asia to his glittering portfolio of victories around the world.

The Australian, 31, has eight previous European Tour wins against his name and, remarkably, half of those have been achieved in Asia - in China, Singapore and twice at the Qatar Masters.

His second victory in Qatar in 2008 saw him fire a stunning course-record final-round 11-under-par 61 to beat a shell-shocked Henrik Stenson of Sweden by three shots.

Scott is something of a final-round specialist – he shot a six-under 66 on the final day of the US Masters at Augusta earlier this month to finish eighth after slumping to a 75 in the first round.

Now he hopes he can carry that form throughout the four days of this week's event at the Blackstone Golf Club in Icheon near Seoul. If he does he will certainly be in contention to make it a fifth European Tour victory on Asian soil.

"It's true that I've enjoyed playing in Asia over the years and I have had a certain amount of success which is great," Scott said.

"I'd love to add Korea to the list of countries that I've won in because this tournament has certainly grown in stature.

"I think that's shown by the players who have come over here to play so it would be a great honour to win this week, and I hope I've got a chance."

Scott, who tees off at 07:30 am on Thursday alongside Alex Noren of Sweden and local hero Bae Sang-moon, added: "For me it's an important week to keep my form coming out of the Masters and heading into the rest of the season.

"I've come over here to get myself into contention. I feel confident. I thought my form going into the Masters was good.

"I felt comfortable with everything. But for lots of reasons in the game of golf, it didn't quite happen the first three days at Augusta and then I managed to put it all together on Sunday.

"I was pleased with the finish. I probably would have been a little disappointed in my efforts and the work I had done if I did not finish so high up."

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