Aussie Adam Scott decided to drop his Singapore Open title defense and go to the Australian Open to prepare for the Presidents Cup instead.
Both events take place in mid-November, a week before the Presidents Cup, a major golf tournament held under the aegis of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, and Scott has opted for the Sydney-based event and not for Singapore where he has secured three major wins over the past six years.
It was a difficult decision since the player would not mind getting the Barclays Singapore Open prize fund but he simply could not pass up the opportunity to compete against ex-world No.1 Tiger Woods, reigning Australian Open champion Geoff Ogilvy and top players including the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson.
Scott claimed a victory in the Australian Open in 2009 and is dreaming of doing it once again. Presidents Cup International team captain Greg Norman and American President Cup squad captain Fred Couples will also participate in the tournament at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club (RMTC) in Australia a week before facing each other in the Presidents Cup.
In the meantime, world No. 6 Phil Mickelson decided to choose money over prestige and play at the Singapore Open with a $6 million purse instead of playing in the Australia Open.