Adam Scott and Steve Williams have outlined a specific plan, used by Tiger Woods in the height of his dominance, to conquer the Old Course and deliver Australia its first Claret Jug in 22 years.
Australia boasts nine wins in golf’s oldest major championship but the last time came when Greg Norman saluted in 1993 at Sandwich.
It’s been 55 years since the late Kel Nagle won the 1960 British Open at St Andrews, joining Peter Thomson as the only Aussies to get it done at the home of golf.
But with the help of the experienced Williams back on his bag, 2013 Masters champion Scott has the game plan and form in place to break the drought.
Williams will loop for the seventh time in an Open at St Andrews, famously on the bag for Woods when he won in 2000 and 2005.
After parting ways with Scott late in 2014, the two reunited for last month’s US Open where Scott burst out of a funk, finishing in a tie for fourth with a blistering final-round 64.
Now they will look to replicate Woods’ dominant 2000 St Andrews blitzkrieg where he stayed out of the sand for the entire tournament and shot 19-under-par to win by eight shots.
“It is such a strategic course, so avoiding the fairway bunkers is key,” Scott said.
“Being smart or aggressive or whatever it is to not go in a fairway bunker is huge around here because essentially that is just a chip out every time and you’re struggling for par.
“The greenside bunkers you can sometimes get away with it and work around it but the fairway bunkers you can’t and if you don’t hit it in a fairway bunker all week you’ll have a lot of looks at birdie.
Williams is ready to bring his trademark mongrel to Scott’s game, ensuring the 34-year-old makes his moves at the right time and in the right place.
“The biggest key for anybody is you have to take advantage of the holes when you can take advantage of them and when you are playing the holes that are difficult in the cross winds, you have to play conservative,” the Kiwi caddie told AAP.
“You have to have the conservative outlook at the right time but also the aggressive outlook at the right times. When something is on, you have to have a crack.
“I have seen all the conditions. Adam has played here a lot but the more times you have been around here, the more familiar you are with lines off the tee, what to do when the wind changes direction, where those bunkers are, as you can’t see a lot of them but you know where they are in your mind.”