March 05, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Scott Brown is defending for the first time at Trump National. (Laberge/Getty Images)
He's already been to El Jefe's. And if Scott Brown is playing well, you can bet he'll be eating at Richie's on Saturday night just like he did a year ago at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
"I'll probably just keep the same mojo going and see where it takes me," Brown said.
And why not? Brown ended up winning the tournament a year ago, picking up his first PGA TOUR victory in just his 26th start. He was fifth in his 2012 debut there, as well.
"This golf course definitely fits my eye," he said.
But what exactly makes this course such a good fit for Brown? Well, for one thing, the grass on the greens is grainy like the courses the Augusta native grew up playing in Georgia. For another, the tee shots are easy to visualize.
"It seems like most of them I stand up there and I kind of know where I'm going, whether it be aiming at a bunker or a palm or a tree or something like that," Brown said. "There's always something out there I can aim at, and I guess it just frees me up."
One of the keys for Brown this week will be to stay in the present rather than thinking about 2013's success. Five of the last six defending champions of stroke-play events on TOUR have missed either the 36- or 54-hole cuts.
"Other tournaments ... it's almost like you try to recreate what happened last year, and it's almost like a pressure," Brown said. "Like if you get off to a bad start the first day and you realize what you shot last year, I think we shot 20 under last year, so ... you've just got to kind of forget about last year and go out there and just kind of take what it gives you, one of those things.
"I think that's the hardest thing is living in the past. I think that's why ... when somebody shoots 63 on one day, they come back and they shoot 72 or 73 the next round, they're just reliving those shots, and they think they should be 9 under par every day, and it doesn't happen unfortunately."