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Scott held back by inconsistency

Adam Scott in action on Day 1 of the Talisker Masters Golf Tournament, Kingston Heath Country Club, Heatherton, Victoria.
Adam Scott in action on Day 1 of the Talisker Masters Golf Tournament, Kingston Heath Country Club, Heatherton, Victoria. Brett Crockford / SMP Images

If only Adam Scott could play four consistent rounds of golf.

He would certainly have a major victory on his otherwise impressive CV. The 32-year-old has had chances, none better than in this year's British Open when bogeyed the final four holes to lose by a single shot to South African Ernie Els.

Despite his inconsistency, the world No.5, who hasn't won anywhere in the world this year, said he felt confident ahead of the $1million Australian Masters which began at Kingston Heath in Melbourne Wednesday morning.

"In some ways it has been a really good year ... I've played a lot of really good golf," Scott said.

"I've been very consistent week in and week out, performing at a pretty high level, but I haven't managed to put four days together at the right time.

"Therefore I haven't won an event this year, which bothers me a little bit. But I'm here and I have got a chance this week and hopefully I can get it done here."

The Australian comes off a fifth-placed finish in last week's Singapore Open, the tournament co-inciding with comments by world No.2 Tiger Woods that long-handled putters, which Scott uses, should be banned.

But when asked about the issue Tuesday, Scott said there were more important matters for golf's overseers to address.

"I think it's commonly acknowledged that length is more of an issue in the game of golf than anything else," he said.

"Courses have been made obsolete, great courses, and the amount of time it takes to play, all these things.

"We don't need that kind of stuff, so I think that's something that the powers that be should be looking at rectifying, not the way guys are really putting.

"There is no actual evidence that putting with an anchored putter is better or easier. If it was, I would assume everyone would be doing it."

Defending Masters champion Ian Poulter certainly doesn't use a long-handled putter, and he didn't mince his words when asked about the issue in Melbourne.

"Ban it. End of story," he said.

"You shouldn't anchor the butt end of the club, I think that's what it says in the rule book, right?"

Poulter, who won the World Golf Championship in China earlier this month after finishing with back-to-back rounds of 65, was unable to practise earlier this week after his clubs were delayed en route from the US.

But the Englishman said that could be a blessing in disguise come the weekend.

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