Scott trails in World Cup rivalry

There’s quite a bit of World Cup rivalry hanging over the Adam Scott-Steve Williams team and Scott’s the loser right now.

There’s quite a bit of good old Australasian World Cup rivalry hanging over the Adam Scott-Steve Williams player-caddie combination – and Scott’s the loser right now.

It was bad enough, he told the media at East Lake Golf Course this week, to have to stomach Australia’s unexpected defeat to Ireland at their World Cup group match in New Zealand earlier this week, but it was far worse to then have to face his grinning Kiwi caddy Steve Williams the following day.

The two have tried to keep their friendly World Cup banter down to a minimum and put all their focus on winning the Tour Championship which Scott led after the second round.

Scott said Williams didn’t make any wise-cracks after Australia’s defeat but added that, “His big smile said it all.”

Did he console the disappointed Australian and was Williams diplomatic? Scott was asked.

“Diplomatic is not part of his vocabulary,” the World number 10 replied dryly, causing loud laughter around the interview room.

Following their loss to Ireland, Australia are likely to finish second in Pool C and face defending champions South Africa in the quarter-finals.

The rampant tournament hosts New Zealand are almost certain to be waiting for the winners in the semi-finals.

“Australia hasn’t played New Zealand yet, which is quite good for us at the moment, but when that happens, it’s going to be on for sure,” the 31-year-old added.

“Australia did win the last time they played New Zealand, so maybe that’s why he (Williams) is keeping quiet for now.”

Australia picked themselves up from last week’s loss with a crushing 67-5 victory over the United States on Friday, while the All Blacks face France on Saturday in one of the most eagerly-awaited matches of the World Cup group stage