Scott balancing duties and preparation
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 US Masters | Preview | 09 Apr 2014
Adam Scott has had and has several official and non official duties to perform in the lead up to this week’s Masters but come Wednesday the focus can return fully to the task ahead.
Having hosted his father to a round of golf at Augusta National last Friday, attended his pre tournament press conference and played an instrumental role in the selection of the Champions Dinner menu, Scott is aware of the need to keep things on an even keel.
“I’m trying to balance everything the best I can and enjoy it,” he said on Tuesday referring to the responsibilities he has as the defending champion.
“I want to enjoy all that but once we pass tonight and we are down to Wednesday then the nerves and the anticipation will build and I will feel it is just another major championship we are going to play.
“The game was there at Bay Hill and I really like the last couple of weeks work I have done at home. I feel like I was getting to a place at Bay Hill where I needed to be to contend here. Hopefully I have sharpened it up a little bit more since then.
“I am definitely feeling a lot more comfortable on this golf course over the last few years and certainly winning, the confidence you take from that helps and I am looking forward to playing on Thursday.
“I certainly do not think that any of the responsibilities (associated with defending) are so draining that it going to cost you having a good week out on the golf course,” he added when asked why so few have gone back to back at Augusta National. It is just one of those things."
When asked about the prospect of being the world number one he responded; “There is absolutely motivation but the motivation is just to play well. I feel like my game is at a point that if I play well then I have a chance to win this week and the follow on form that is to become world number one. My goal is to keep playing well. For the guys who have been number one it’s a process and that is where I am at now.”
When asked about the absence of Tiger Woods Scott said; “It’s a big loss for the tournament anytime the world number one is not going to play bit it is the nature of sports. Guys get injured and it is unfortunate timing for that and we are missing the top player in the game but as is the case every year this event produces something special no matter what – it just has a way of doing it.”
While Scott appreciates his role as a mentor of sorts amongst the Australians he is also aware of perhaps giving too much information to the Australians playing Augusta National for the first occasion.
“You have to be a little careful not to cross the line – only from their point of view because when I first played here I had no clue about the golf course and finished 9th and I only got a little bit of information.
“I think too much might be overwhelming for them but there are a couple of good tips I have had from past champions. I won’t give them too much unless they want to know. Going in a little blind is not a bad thing.”
Scott has a 10.41 tee time on day one when he plays with Britain’s US Amateur Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick and PGA Champion Jason Dufner.