An Australian Open without Adam Scott?

 

Hard to believe, but Scott, the 2009 Australian Open champion and the country’s most prolific winner on an international stage since Greg Norman, is not playing his country’s national open for the first time in 10 years because of nebulous reasons that tournament officials seemed loathe to discuss.

“There were some communications and discussions had, and unfortunately we couldn’t reach an agreement with Adam,” tournament director Trevor Herden told the Associated Press.

Scott, the 2004 Players champion and 2013 Masters champion will play the Australian PGA next week at Royal Pines.

The tournament field is led by two-time Australian Open winner Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, who is still looking for his first major title on his native country.

“It’s a disappointing situation when Adam Scott’s not playing the Australian Open,” said Geoff Ogivly. “You can find blame or whatever but we’ve got a pretty good field. Most golf tournaments would fall all over themselves to get Jordan and Jason in their field, so that’s pretty good.”

Day packs on weight

Jason Day thinks he might have a reason for not winning a golf tournament last year, and it’s a familiar lament for some players in the past.

He simply put on too much muscle weight.

Day hasn’t won since the 2016 Players Championship and has fallen from No. 1 in the world to 12th. He said he’s about 20 pounds heavier and said it was a result of hitting the weights too hard.

“Unfortunately, I think I was doing the wrong things in the gym,” he said. “I got a little too big in the upper body and it restricted by [swing] turn.”

No breaks yet

Julian Suri has played seven of the last eight weeks on the European PGA Tour and his 27 starts have been spread out among 16 countries.

But the Bartram Trail High graduate’s response to finishing tied for eighth last week in the DP World Championship wasn’t to take a break. Suri is playing in the Hong Kong Open this week, so make it 17 countries in which he’s played competitive golf.

The tournament is the opening event on the 2017-18 European Tour. Suri earned full status earlier this season when he won in Denmark, after rising to the top of the European Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

Suri will see some familiar opponents. Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are in the field.

Suri’s strong play at the finish of the previous season, in which he had three top-10s among his last four starts, boosted his world golf ranking to 80th. He was 1,137th at this time last year.

Cook matches Thomas

When Austin Cook made only two bogeys in winning the RSM Classic last week at Sea Island, he became the second player in the calendar year to win with so few blemishes on his card.

Cook is in good company. The other was PGA Tour player of the year Justin Thomas, who had only two bogeys in winning the FedEx Cup playoff event at the TPC Boston.

Love getting new hip

RSM Classic host and new World Golf Hall of Fame member Davis Love III of St. Simons Island, Ga., will have to put his season on hold. Love, 53, underwent hip replacement surgery on Tuesday and will be out of commission for several months.

Love said he had a hip re-surfacing several years ago because “I was chicken.”

“I won after a spine fusion and now I’d like to win with a new hip,” he said. “That’s the reason I’m doing it so I can get back to golf and keep up.”