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Scott quietly confident ahead of Open

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Adam Scott plays his 13th Open Championship next week at Royal Lytham & St Annes and given his improved showing in recent times in both Major championships and World Golf Championship events worldwide there is a growing confidence in his voice to indicate that he is warming to his prospects.

Yesterday, a day or two before heading up to Lancashire from his European base in Switzerland to begin preparations in earnest, Adam spoke via teleconference to Australian golf journalists and discussed his season to date, his thoughts on next week and his preparation for the event.

"I've been playing consistently well all year but have not put four solid days together," he said when reflecting on some of his finishes this season. "A lot of weeks I have played well for three days and slip back on one of the days.

"Overall the game is in great shape. I have done some productive work on the range down here (Switzerland) and now it is a case heading up a little bit early and getting a feel for Lytham and a little bit of Links golf and some of the shots we will have to face up there."

"There have been a couple of events where I made slow starts especially at the US Open and a couple of others where I have started well and slowly faded out. I cannot put a finger on it but certainly feel like it is time to jump out of the gates which was something I was doing at the back end of last year. and something I am looking to do at the back half of this season.

"At the US Open I played the last 57 holes of the tournament great and didn't play all that bad early but it was easy to let a few shots slip away quickly. The damage was done the first few but you have to come out switched on from the get go and as a generally calm player perhaps it takes me a few holes to get into the grind mode.

"I have changed my whole schedule over the past two years with a focus on the majors and other than three putting the last at Olympic I would have had four of the last six majors which is probably as many as top tens as I had had in majors in my career to that point.

"The better schedule is now paying off as my practice time is now more valuable and my game now stands up to four days of major championship golf a lot better. It also allows me to channel getting my head into it more and just focus on that and give myself the best chance possible.

"I am able to play more practice rounds prior to the tournament and therefore there are less surprises for me come Thursday.

"I feel really fresh and ready to go. I am playing six out of the next eight weeks but have played only nine tournaments to date and feel now like I just want to play tournaments. These events are big time tournaments and there is a lot on the line.

"I feel very confident. My performance in the majors over the last year and a half has been really solid, I love the Open and I really feel my game is ball striking wise is going from strength to strength and my short game is on a nice path and it would be great to put it all together next week at Lytham."

"It is now a matter of getting up there the next few days and getting a good feel for where everything is off the tee and into the greens to get it to a comfort level where it is just like your home track. There are a lot of blind shots.

It's a links golf course but it is a different environment as it is not stretched out along a coastline like a Turnberry or St Andrews. It is more like a parkland layout condensed into a small piece of land but the holes play like a links. It is a very strategic layout and they have added quite a few fairway bunkers I hear.

"I will focus only Lytham and play a lot there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday before tournament week. If I can get adjusted early then I think you can start ahead of the field but it is a case also of not wearing myself out before Thursday.

"Three days of a lot of playing and then taking it easy for a couple of days is a pretty good routine for me."

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