Adam Scott explains the mind games Tiger Woods published in the course

Adam Scott went on GOLF’s Subpar Podcast to discuss his golfing win with Tiger Woods, the Presidents Cup, and more.

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When he was in his prime, it wasn’t a secret tiger wood He was the most talented golfer on the course. But his fellow professionals have long been interested in else The gift Woods has, and which is probably his best: his mind.

Adam Scott, who will compete for 10th place Presidents Cup This week, I’ve run into Woods multiple times over the past two decades. They first met at the gym at UNLV when Woods worked there on occasion and Scott was a student athletic in the school, but they didn’t get to know each other until they were working with Butch Harmon.

Scott learned a lot about Woods, and on this week’s Subpar Podcast with co-hosts Drew Stoltz and Colt Nost, he was asked if he had any good stories about the 15-time lead.

“A lot of them,” Scott said.

The Australian went on to explain how Woods was much better than everyone else and also touched on the psychological warfare he was using on the golf course.

“Physically, he did everything better than everyone else. He drove it better than anyone else, and the iron, the nuts, the rods, the clutch, everything was better than anyone else,” Scott said. He just had in his head so much better than everyone else and then got to the point where he was just playing mind games on the course and in the majors. He was pulling a lot out of the club on level 3 and letting you see him as he was playing. It kind of swings with a 7 and it flies in there really well and lets you see that it was a 7, and you tossed whether it was an 8 or a 9. And I was like, ‘Okay, it’s definitely an 8 if it gets to a 7, then go off and hit the 8 and send a green mail.’

“That was kind of a standard thing when he messed with guys a lot,” Scott continued. “I got to the point where I had some success playing Tiger by not watching him play. That was the best way to go. I literally turned my back and didn’t watch him move or hit a bullet or feel like I was getting caught up in the drama that was playing with Tiger. Woods because there’s a lot going on.”

Scott brought up one story from the 2000 Open in St. Andrews, which was Scott’s first major as a professional. He played a training run with Woods, David Duvall and Mark O’Meara.

Scott played for some money, and was the only player who didn’t have a bogey through 10 holes. On the eleventh, Woods played close to the wind, hitting a pure 4 iron in the green. Scott had 5 irons in his hand, which he thought was the right stick. But after seeing Woods’ shot, Scott began to question his club’s choice. If Woods, one of the best ball strikers and tallest player on the planet, hits 4 irons from there, could Scott get 5 irons from a similar spot?

“I saw he hit the 4, went back to the bag, got the 4, and sent the green mail,” Scott said. “[Tiger] “You should never look at my bag,” he said.

You can listen to Scott’s full Subpar appearance below, in which he talks about the President’s Cup, his career, his family calling home now and more.

Josh Beerhau

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Josh Berhow is Managing Editor at GOLF.com. This Minnesota-born graduated with a journalism degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato. You can reach him at [email protected]

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