Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Adam Scott   (Getty Images)
Adam Scott (Getty Images)
Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott hopes to restore some pride to Australian sport, with their national teams having not had the best summer so far.

The Wallabies rugby union team were defeated on home turf by the British and Irish Lions and last week the cricketers lost the opening Test of the Ashes series.

When Scott tees off in The 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield tomorrow afternoon, the second Test at Lord's will already be under way and, as he knows most people will be favouring the home side, he will be looking to redress the balance in Scotland.

"Are you giving our cricket no hope for the rest of the summer?" the 33 year old said when asked if he was hoping to strike a blow for Australia.

"Hopefully. Absolutely I'd love to get in here this week and maybe spur our cricket team along to levelling the Test series.

"It's a tough time being an Aussie over here at the moment to be honest with you. I move around very quietly around town."

Scott has had numerous people comment on his likeness to first Test sensation Ashton Agar, who scored 98 on debut and has been nicknamed 'Scotty'.

"Everyone has been telling me (about him)," added the Australian, who broke his Major duck at Augusta National in April having conceded a four shot lead with four holes to go in last year's Open at Royal Lytham.

"I think it's great. Honestly I hope he's the spark our Australian team needs going forward.

"He's a young kid who came out and made 98 on debut to help us in the first Test.

"Obviously he's got what it takes. Hopefully he's the spark on our team going forward, for this summer and beyond."

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