Adam Scott shock as caddies of other top players ask to join him

Scott's bag is probably the second most coveted behind Rory McIlroy

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Adam Scott has been contacted by about 100 caddies offering their services – including some who are currently employed by successful players – but the world No 2 is in no hurry to appoint a replacement for Steve Williams.

Scott’s bag is probably the second most coveted behind world No 1 Rory McIlroy. The job became available when Williams, who previously worked for Tiger Woods, decided he wanted to cut back on the number of tournaments, which did not fit with Scott’s requirements.

Scott sounded surprised that some of the caddies wanting to work for him are in work, but that only speaks volumes for the coveted nature of the job.

“I’ve had some really cracking offers come through, which makes you wonder,” said the 34-year-old Australian as he prepared for this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, starting tomorrow.

Scott says he is seeking someone whose personality he gels with and who has the knack of giving good advice under pressure.

“I’m testing personalities. That’s why I need a little more time to make a good decision,” he said.

“You can be the best player and do all the right things, but there is only one person who can influence you on the  golf course and that is the  caddie.”

Scott is the highest-ranked player in the WGC-HSBC field in the absence of McIlroy, who has pulled out to focus on his legal battle with his previous management company.