April 08, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Scott is vying to become the first player to successfully defend at the Masters since 2000-01. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- There was lots to reminisce about as Adam Scott returned to Augusta National with the green jacket.
A couple of rounds with his father, Phil, over the weekend.
Re-creating his putt on the 18th from Sunday of last year, and the winning one from the playoff on No. 10.
A spot in the Champions locker room, where he's sharing a locker with three-time Masters winner Gary Player.
"He gets a lot of mail, so there's not a lot of room for myself in there," Scott joked. "But we make it work.
"All of it's pretty good stuff. It's something I've really been looking forward to. But as the last week came by, I also realized it would be time for me to bring the green jacket back and leave it here maybe. So that motivated me to work harder that last week at home and try and get myself into some kind of form that can maybe go back‑to‑back and keep the jacket for another year."
Only three players -- Tiger Woods in 2000-01, Nick Faldo in 1989-90 and Jack Nicklaus in 1965-66 -- have ever won two straight Masters titles.
Will Scott be the fourth?
He has been in good form much of when he has played this season. Scott led for most of the week at Bay Hill before being undone by a sloppy final-round 76, and he finished in the top 10 in both his starts in Hawaii.
Scott also finished second at Augusta National in 2011 and tied for eighth in 20012.
Still, the distractions of being the defending Masters champion can be daunting, which is why Scott is perhaps most looking forward to Thursday when he tees off at 10:41 a.m. ET with Jason Dufner and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
"I think I'll be ready to get inside the ropes and compete," Scott said. "I'm trying to balance everything the best I can and enjoy it. "Like I said, it's something I've been looking forward to this whole year, thinking about (Tuesday night), the Champions Dinner, and I just can't wait to be up in that room and see what that holds.
"I think once we pass (Tuesday) and it's down to Wednesday, the nerves and anticipation will build and I'll feel like it's just another major championship to go and play."