Adam Scott: Now Is My Time
Just how little has Adam Scott played so far in 2013? Thirteen rounds to be precise.
This has led some to question Scott’s pre-Masters workout. Rory McIlroy has played fewer (12) and was open this week about getting his schedule wrong and not playing enough tournament golf.
Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)
McIlroy and Scott are the controllers of their own destiny to plan how and when they play, and if things go to well at the Masters, critics and skeptics will have little to say.
A fortnight ago Scott joined best mate Ernie Els for a practice round at Augusta. The pair flew in Els’ private jet to get a sneak preview of what lay ahead for the first Major of the year.
Scott, who has two runner-up finishes in a Major – one at Augusta in 2011 where he finished alongside compatriot Jason Day, two strokes behind the winner Charl Schwartzel and at The Open Championship in 2012 after Els pipped him at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club – had nothing but praise for Augusta.
“I thought it was in the best shape I’ve ever seen it this early in the year,” said Scott, who also finished 3rd at the 2006 US PGA Championship.
“They must have had some nice warm days and cool nights, and a lot of grass seems to be growing. Sometimes it can be a little thin early on, but it looks great. It’s Augusta. It’s pretty much perfect.”
Scott remains coy about his chances of collecting a Major title as well as becoming the first Australian to ever win the Green Jacket.
“I think it was a long time, I didn’t really look like I was a major contender, and now I feel like I am,” says Scott.
“So I feel like now’s my time, it’s up to me to make it happen.”
For Scott preparing for a Major has and continues to be a work in progress, particularly with his short game and holing those critical putts when needed.
Putting often in the past has been Scott’s nemesis, particularly clutch putts from 5-6 feet when the heat is on. To win at Augusta you must be gifted putter, in Scott’s case time will only tell if he can get the flat stick working.
The world number seven believes he’s on the right track and is ready to win a Major, irrespective of the number of events he’s played leading into these Masters.
“Everyone’s path to that success is different,” says Scott.
“I mean, Mickelson knocked on the door for years and years and then the floodgates opened for him. I’ve gotten my game to a point where I feel like I’m right there. Hopefully I can get the first one and then we’ll see. So I’m just trying to do what I believe is best and hopefully the first one comes soon and more to follow.”
The first round of the 2013 Masters is set for April 11 and for both Adam Scott and Australia let’s hope 13 is a lucky number.