Australian professional golfer Adam Scott has always had a healthy relationship with Tiger Woods and the duo faced each other end number of times in their long career.
The duo first came together in 1996 and Scott who is all set for his 10th Presidents Cup as shared a rare insight about arguably the best golfer the world has ever seen.
Adam Scott reveals what set Tiger Woods apart from the rest
Ahead of the Presidents Cup, the 42-year-old golfer shared on the Subpar Podcast with co-hosts Drew Stoltz and Colt Knost some interesting stories.
The Australian revealed how the former No.1 golfer was exceptionally good at the mind games and had a psychological edge over the rest of the pack on the golf course.
“Physically, he just did everything better than everyone. He drove it better than anyone, irons, chipped, putted, clutch, it was everything better than everyone. And that’s why he was dominating.”
“He just had it in the head so much better than everyone and then he got to the point where he would just play mind games on the course and in majors. He would pull way too much club on a par-3 and let you see it as it was playing out, Scott said.
“He’d make kind of a full swing with a 7 and flight it in there nicely and let you see it was a 7, and you were tossing out whether if it was an 8 or a 9. And you were like, ‘Well, it’s definitely an 8 if he hit 7,’ and then you go ahead and hit an 8 and airmail the green.”
“This was kind of standard stuff when he was just messing with guys so much,” Scott continued. “It got to the point where I started having some success playing with Tiger by not watching him play.
“That was the best way to go. I literally turned my back and didn’t watch him make a move or hit a shot or feel like I could get sucked into the drama that was playing with Tiger Woods because there was so much going on.”
The Aussie then remembered a story from the 2000 Open Championship at St. Andrews which was his first major as a pro where he played a practice round with Woods. After trailing the US Golfer and seeing his club, Scott questioned his club selection and went on to change it.
“I saw he hit the 4, went back to the bag, got the 4, and airmailed the green,” Scott said. “[Tiger] said, ‘You should never look at my bag.’”