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Adam Scott 'Imperious' in Open Prep Says Clarke

Adam Scott shapes as one of Australia's best hopes at this week's Open Championship.
Adam Scott has received a huge vote of confidence on the eve of the Open Championship from the man who will strike the major's first shot on Northern Irish soil in 68 years.

Speaking at Royal Portrush on the eve of the 148th Open, Northern Ireland golf legend and 2011`Open champion Darren Clarke spoke glowingly of Scott having shared a number of practice rounds with the former World No. 1 in the lead up to the year's final men's major.

Clarke tees off at 6:35am local time on Thursday at Royal Portrush which hosted the only other Open Championship outside mainland Great Britain in 1951. 

And if Clarke's impressions of Scott are anything to go by, the Queenslander looms as a great hope to be the first Australia since Greg Norman in 1993 to lift the Claret Jug.

"I've played quite a bit with Adam Scott these past couple of days and he has been, what's the best word, 'imperious' is the best way to describe him," Clarke said.

"He's been very, very impressive. Adam's got a very good ball flight. That's why he's played well in Open Championships before. So Adam's been very impressive, but [Justin Rose] was as well. 

In his past seven Open appearances, Scott has finished inside the top-five three times and has placed worse than equal 22nd only once.

Scott - who turned 38 years of age today - will play alongside defending champion Francesco Molinari and American Bryson Dechambeau for the first two rounds and tees off at 9:58am Northern Ireland time on Thursday.

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