Singapore Open Golf

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Adam Scott has won the Singapore Open three times. Picture: Getty Images/
World number one Rory McIlroy  and three time winner Adam Scott  head the field for the Singapore Open, starting at Sentosa Golf Club on Thursday. Northern Irishman McIlroy is making his first appearance at the event, so has no course form but has risen to be the top ranked player in the world for a reason. The 23 year-old leads the European Tour Race To Dubai and has won four events on the PGA Tour in 2012. He was second behind Peter Hanson at the BMW Masters in China at his last tournament appearance.

Scott is no stranger to success in Singapore, having won this event in 2005, 2006 and 2010. Add to that third place finishes in 2007 and 2009 and it has easy to see why the Australian is considered a leading contender going into the tournament. He didn’t play at the Sentosa Golf Club twelve months ago as it clashed with the Australian Open. After having a month off, Scott made his comeback to competitive golf with an eighth place finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions last week. Given the 32 year-old's fine record at the course, he looks a great bet to finish in the top ten .

Several other big name players will tee off at the $6 Million event, including Major winners Padraig Harrington  and Phil Mickelson , who have been grouped with Scott in the opening two rounds. McIlroy will play alongside 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen  on the first two days.

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