'I can tame Tiger and win a major'

World No. 5 Adam Scott has the ultimate respect for Tiger Woods but believes he has it in him to tame the world's best golfer and win a major.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 18:55 IST

World No. 5 Adam Scott has the ultimate respect for Tiger Woods but believes he has it in him to tame the world's best golfer and win a major.

A bold display by Scott at the British Open this year where he finished eighth and a third at the US PGA last month earned him the tag of "major champion in waiting", and the Australian plans to live up to expectations.

"Absolutely, I believe I can beat him. I have to - otherwise I may as well quit now," said the 26-year-old, who jetted in to Singapore on Wednesday morning to defend his Singapore Open title.

"He is a great golfer, probably the best we are ever going to see but I want my share of titles as well. Majors is where it is going to be toughest to beat him.

"It is a real challenge and pushes me to do better. I want to achieve my own goals as well and that means beating Tiger."

Woods has won five tournaments in a row and 12 majors, including the British Open and US PGA this year.

While Scott, rated as the best golfer to come out of Australia since Greg Norman, has had a solid season that has seen him soar through the rankings, he has yet to win a title.

"I'm not sure why I haven't won. It's a bit of a mystery," he said.

"Looking at Tiger, he closes so well when he is in position. The few chances I have had I have not done that. Maybe that is a bit of a learning curve for me.

"If get in that position again I will have to figure out how to close the deal, knuckle down, focus and get job done."

His last success was at the Singapore Open last year but with a scoring average of 69.16 -- the second best on tour -- and a freshly honed boldness, he is bubbling with confidence.

"I made some big strides in playing the majors this year. I had played consistently before but never really got it going," he said.

"I feel like I'm now more in my comfort zone in the majors and next year I will be focusing hard on them. My game is at a level where I feel I should be contending."

His more immediate task is to defend his title in Singapore, which itself has been dubbed the "Major of Asia", against a strong field that includes Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Tim Clark, Michael Campbell and Paul McGinley.

Scott arrived after a long flight from the United States and will be playing his fourth tournament in as many weeks, but said he will be ready.

"I feel pretty good considering," he said at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong course where he was loosening up at a pro-am.

"I am hitting the ball really well, doing everything nearly good enough but not quite (there).

"That has been pretty frustrating, not to have won. It has been tough to get past the Tiger."

Scott produced a virtuoso performance with a closing 65 to win the title by seven strokes last year ahead of England's Westwood, but he knows with Els in the pack it will not be as easy this year.

Els arrived on Saturday and is also looking to get his hands on a trophy after a nine-month drought stretching back to the Dunhill Championship.

"There's a whole host of great players -- it is a world class field, maybe the strongest field in golf anywhere in the world this week. It will be a challenge to win," said Scott.

First Published: Sep 06, 2006 18:55 IST