April 2 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- With just nine rounds on the PGA TOUR under his belt this season, Adam Scott has played the fewest rounds of any TOUR player in the field coming into this week’s Masters. Not that he’s worried about it.
“I don’t think I need to play a lot to be competitive and be sharp,” Scott said Monday. “Being fresh is very important and getting enough time to prepare properly, especially for major championships, is important.”
To Scott’s point, last year he played just a dozen rounds on TOUR prior to the Masters. He then went on to tie for second.
One reason Scott didn’t make his TOUR debut until the Northern Trust Open in mid-February was because he had his tonsils out in the offseason.
He finished in a tie for 17th that week at Riviera, but he said his play at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship was a better indicator of where he’s at with his game as he enters the year’s first major. Scott tied for 13th at TPC Blue Monster at Doral.
“With a couple less putts on the weekend, I would have been right in the mix,” Scott said. “Seeing a good performance and the work I had put in before Doral pay off with a couple of good rounds was all I needed to know that my game was pretty much where it needs to be to compete.”
No Australian of course has ever won the Masters.
Last year, Scott nearly became the first with back-to-back 67s on the weekend. He finished two shots back, though, when Charl Schwartzel birdied the last four holes to win.
In coming up short, Scott did learn a few things about himself -- specifically that he has the game to win here. The Aussie arrived at the penultimate hole with a one-shot lead and parred each of the last two holes before Schwartzel went on his birdie blitz.
“Normally, that is pretty good,” Scott said. “What happened last year was extraordinary by Charl. I’m not disappointed with anything I did that day. Under the pressure, I played some really good golf coming in.”
What kind of party would they throw for Scott in Australia if he became the first Aussie to win here?
“I don’t know,” Scott said. “But I would throw a good one.”