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Scott has good memories of Valero Open

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Adam Scott of Australia plays his tee shot at the par 4, 14th hole during the final round of the 2016 World Golf Championship Cadillac Championship on the Blue Monster Course at the Trump National Doral Resort on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida. David Cannon/Getty Images/AFP

The memories may have faded slightly but they will be good ones for Adam Scott to draw on when he tees up at this week’s Valero Texas Open, the 2010 champion one of eight Australasians to make the trip to the Lone Star State.

Scott was the first player to hoist the trophy at the Greg Norman designed TPC San Antonio and is one of four Australians to have won the event since it was first played in 1922.

Joe Kirkwood Senior was the first to win it in 1924 with Bruce Crampton taking the title in 1964 before Scott in 2010 and Steven Bowditch in 2014.This marks just the seventh start for Scott in 2018 and also signals a change in schedule as it is his first appearance at this tournament since he defended his title in 2011.

It has been a flat start to the season for the 2013 Masters winner who has posted just two top-20 finishes in eight starts and he will be looking to kick start something this week on a course where he has tasted success in the past.

Joining him in the field are Steven Bowditch, Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones, Rod Pampling, Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers, Cameron Percy, New Zealand’s Danny Lee and John Senden, the Queenslander making his second start in as many weeks as he returns from almost a year out of the game.

Senden will have taken a lot of confidence from his performance at Harbour Town last week despite missing the cut, his opening 69 was particularly impressive on a demanding layout after such a long lay-off.

While he will have been disappointed not to play the weekend it was, in reality, only three poor holes late on day two which cruelled his chances in an otherwise good week.

TPC San Antonio hasn’t been a particularly productive venue for Senden over the years and if he can improve on three missed cuts in his last five starts here the week will be considered a success.

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