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Scott excited for US Open after nerves of Masters

AUSTRALIAN Adam Scott has said the nervousness he feels before The Masters means he is usually more excited to tee it up at the US Open.

AUSTRALIAN Adam Scott says The Masters makes him nervous but he's excited to tee up at this year's US Open.

Speaking on Wednesday before the year's second major, the former US Masters champion said he felt the opposite to four-time major winner Rory McIlroy who revealed yesterday excitement didn't describe his feelings about this week.

On Tuesday at Oakmont, McIlroy said, "excitement is a good way to describe Augusta, but it really depends on the venue that you play the US Open.

“This week, it’s definitely … it’s not excitement.” 

But when asked if he felt the same as McIlroy, Scott expressed different memories of the emotions he has felt before the year’s first two majors. 

“I feel most nervous at The Masters every year because there’s such a buildup to getting there,” Scott said at Oakmont. 

“I was nervous for the Masters and I’m more excited to get this one going.

“I really feel that if I can execute and play my style of golf this US Open, I haven’t seen a better setup for me personally than this. 

“If I can drive the ball how I usually do, I think I’m at a little bit of an advantage starting out playing from down the fairway here this week. 

“So, I’m excited about this week.”

On Wednesday, Scott played five practise holes with Hideki Matsuyama, Yusaku Miyazato and Danny Lee before finishing early and heading to the practice areas as morning mowing slowed down the rounds.

A lot of attention this week has focussed on the length of the rough and Mike Davis, the USGA's executive director and chief executive officer, confirmed earlier on Tuesday the organisation felt the rough was too penal when they arrived at the course last Monday.

The tournament grounds staff have been mowing tee to green so players are able to hit through the grain, rather than against it and preventing the club from moving properly. 

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Scott, who played at Oakmont at the 2007 US Open but missed the cut after rounds of 76 and 82, believes the course’s rough is thicker this year.

“I don’t really think too much is different between '07 and this year. Maybe the rough is thicker this time around,” Scott said.

“However, I found it quite difficult in 2007 as well!

“I don’t have a lot of great memories. I only played two rounds here, unfortunately that year, and I played poorly.

“So, I definitely would like to turn that around this week and have a much more memorable experience at Oakmont. I’ve enjoyed my practice rounds and my early scouting trip up here.”

Scott has made the cut in his last four outings at the US Open, highlighted with a share of ninth at Pinehurst in 2014 and a spectacular final round 64 at Chambers Bay last year that rocketed him up to T4.

“Last year I played well at Chambers Bay,” Scott said. “Had a great last round to finish fairly high up and for a moment having a fleeting thought of posting a score and maybe being a chance to catch the leaders.” 

This year at Oakmont, Scott is playing the first two rounds in one of the marquee groups, paired with compatriot and World Number One Jason Day, as well as former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen. 

“I’ve got a great group with Jason and Louis this week,” Scott said.

“We’re all very familiar with each other’s games and obviously very comfortable playing with each other. 

“But being familiar with their games is sometimes helpful at these big events and can kind of put you at ease a little bit, whether it’s teeing off or at some point in the round certainly can feed off each other or each other’s good golf.” 

Scott, Day and Oosthuizen tee off on Thursday from the 1st tee at 2:20pm (local Pittsburgh time).

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