Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tiger is on a different level?

World number five Adam Scott on Wednesday dismissed any notion of mounting a sustained challenge to Tiger Woods, who he said was on a "different level."

The Australian was tipped by coaching guru Butch Harmon as the biggest future competitor for the top-ranked Woods, whose dominance reached new heights last week with his sixth successive win.

"No pressure, right?" smiled Scott, who headlines the 2.5-million-dollar Johnnie Walker Classic here.

"I certainly have a desire to do that but it seems like I put together the pieces of the game very slowly so he always seems to be getting further and further ahead, which is not very encouraging," he said.

"I feel like I've developed a lot as a golfer over the last few years and I feel that I've got the right attitude and the right mindset in place to give myself the best opportunity.

"Still, realistically I don't see anybody challenging him week in, week out. I see the opportunity for a few players to have their moments where they can challenge him but he really is on a different level to us at the moment."

Woods has even talked of going this season unbeaten after his matchplay championships win in Arizona, which pushed him past Arnold Palmer's tally of career victories.

"Maybe he will win every week this year, we'll wait and see," Scott said. "But normally he doesn't win every week so let's see if there are opportunities to beat him."

Triple major winner Vijay Singh and European heavyweights Colin Montgomerie and Ian Poulter are also challenging for the Classic, which is being held in India for the first time.

Scott, who won in 2005, can emulate Woods, Nick Faldo and Ernie Els by becoming only the fourth two-time winner of the elite event which has toured Asia since 1990...

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