Internationals assistant captain Geoff Ogilvy believes Adam Scott’s desperation to end his Presidents Cup hoodoo could be the push the Internationals need to finally get over the line.
In his eighth Cup appearance, equalling Vijay Singh and Ernie Els as the most capped Internationals, Scott is seen as the spiritual leader for the underdogs.
But the 37-year-old Australian is yet to taste victory at the biennial teams event, with a tie on his Cup debut in 2003 preceding six consecutive defeats at the hands of the Americans.
Scott produced a spirited performance in the Sunday singles at the 2015 Cup, thrashing American star Rickie Fowler 6-and-5, but the Internationals lost by one point in Korea.
Former US Open winner Ogilvy said countryman Scott is determined to end the American dynasty.
“Nobody wants to win the Presidents Cup more than Scotty; he’s seen more defeats than anyone and he’s very, very fired up,” Ogilvy told AAP on Tuesday.
Captain Nick Price said Scott’s passion would be essential to the Internationals’ hopes of defeating an American teamed lined with big guns such as Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.
“He’s more of a motivator than anything else. Adam is usually a very quiet guy but when he does speak, it is with such conviction, intent and passion that they listen,” said Price.
“You need that inspiration because you can take a team without a whole lot of superstars, that has a lot of team spirit, and they can overcome just about anything.”
Scott endured a winless 2017 season and didn’t feature in the majors other than a tie for ninth at the Masters.
But a respectable year saw him record nine top-15 finishes from 16 events.
The Queensland native and wife Marie welcomed their second child, Byron, on the Gold Coast in August before Scott made a late dash to Boston for the second FedEx Cup play-offs event, where he missed the cut and was bundled out of the US PGA Tour’s post-season.
Ogilvy, who played for the Internationals on three occasions, is confident Scott will arrive with good form following another three week break in Australia.
“Scotty is such a class act and he’s always been great coming off a break. He’ll hit the ground running,” said Ogilvy.
Price added: “”(Expecting) a second child, it’s a huge thing in anyone’s life. Now that’s over I think Adam is ready to go and play golf. There’s no doubt,” said Price.
The Presidents Cup will be held at New Jersey’s Liberty National golf course, starting September 28.