CLEVELAND: Adam Scott spent the brief offseason working on his health instead of his golf game. Now the defending champion of the Bridgestone Invitational is back on the course still searching for his first consistent weekend.
Scott, who beat Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler by 4 strokes at Firestone Country Club last summer, spent the month of January on his couch recuperating from a tonsillectomy. That followed surgery in December to have nonmelanoma skin cancer cut off his face, according to the Associated Press.
As a result, Scott spent three months healing at home in Australia and missed the Hawaii events in January, which typically start his season.
Instead, his first tournament was the Northern Trust Open in February, where he finished tied for 17th. He has two top-10 finishes through seven events, but enters the Memorial this weekend having missed the cut at the Byron Nelson two weeks ago.
“I’ve been playing consistently well this year, but not quite putting four solid days together,” Scott said Wednesday on a conference call from the Memorial. “It seems like one day lets me down every week. It’s a bit of everything. I haven’t quite hit it as close this year and I haven’t made quite as many putts as I did last year. It’s a little bit of everything, but if that tightens up, there’s plenty of good signs there.”
Scott insists the layoff from the tonsillectomy hasn’t hurt his game, and in fact it was a much-needed break after his participation in the Presidents Cup extended his season into late November.
“I just really enjoyed being home for three months,” Scott said at the Cadillac Championship at Doral in March. “I think it’s the first time in my whole career that I’ve been home that long. And other than the month on the couch with a really sore throat, it was great to see my family and friends. I think it was really good for me. It’s been a long time since I had spent some quality time back at home, so I very much enjoyed that.”
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson headline a list of players who have already committed to the Bridgestone Invitational, which runs Aug. 2-5 this year.
The inclusion of Woods so early is particularly a coup, since he typically doesn’t announce his participation until just before the deadline. Woods finished tied for 37th last year after winning the event seven times.
The Bridgestone Invitational events begin Sunday, July 29, with a walk to raise money for a cure for breast cancer. The walk, in partnership with the Susan G. Komen of Northeast Ohio foundation, will start at Firestone Stadium and continue up Main Street. In addition, Firestone Country Club will have a survivor ceremony on the 18th green.
There will also be a “Pink Out” during Sunday’s final round. All players, caddies and officials will have a pink accessory to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
Last year’s event earned more than $21 million for the Akron area and created more than 300 jobs, according to an economic impact study.
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