Scott intent on return to form with 2018 schedule

Family comes first and former US Masters champion Adam Scott is no exception.

Yet the former Queenslander admits he needs to play more if he is to be in contention in more events in 2018.

Adam Scott Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Now he has suggested with the family happy and settled, that is about to occur.

Scott admitted he adopted a limited playing schedule in 2017 and his game has suffered a bit as a result of that, including missing the cut at last weekend’s Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines.

Scott and his wife Marie welcomed their second child, Byron, into the family in an eventful 2017.

“It’s been a fantastic year for me,” said Scott.

“It has been an exciting last few months with my family and having a new baby and all the good things that come with that. I guess that’s been the focus of the year for me really. It was a lot of planning around that.”

The 2013 Masters champion admitted to a scaling back time spent practicing due to his life changing away from golf.

“There was probably less practice [time] this year,” he said. “You know, the priorities just had to shift a little bit. I travelled a lot more and practiced a bit less and they were the challenges.”

“In the first half of the year I played okay but didn’t get much out of it, and then since the US PGA, the focus hasn’t been on the golf at all and that shows up when you’re going to play against world class fields, there’s no doubt about that.”

Now 37, Scott explained he had reached a point in his career where he could take valuable lessons from the outcomes of his schedule change and said he would now look to resuming a familiar routine in 2018.

“It’s good for me to see that because it’s very clear for me going back next year exactly what I need to do to remind myself what I’ve done for the past five or six years to play at the level that these guys at the top are playing at,” he said.

“I really look forward to getting back into those kinds of routines that I’ve been in over the past few years that have produced great golf

“Of course it is difficult not to be frustrated. I pride myself on being really prepared to play, but I’m learning as my career and life evolves and changes that I have to kind of temper that.”

“I think I’m going to have to learn to switch on and off a little bit more in the future.”