Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Upbeat Scott feels at home at Augusta

Adam Scott is confident that he is playing well enough to be in contention on the back nine on Sunday at Augusta.

The 32-year-old world number seven sees no reason why he can’t become the first Australian to win the US Masters and claim the coveted Green Jacket.

Scott appeared to be on course to win last year’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes when he led by four shots with only four holes left to play, only to then implode as he lost out on the Claret Jug by one stroke to Ernie Els.

However, Scott insists he has got over that disappointment and is ready to improve on his fine recent record down Magnolia Lane. He finished tied for 18th in 2010, was joint second two years ago and was tied for eighth in 2012.

''I think I've developed a level of comfort with the golf course here now,'' Scott said to the US Masters 2013 at Betfair.com. ''I come here and I'm not scared of hitting it in the wrong spot. You're a little more comfortable, definitely not as tentative. It's like a home track.

''Obviously 2011 was great and last year I played solid as well so I feel like now I've got the experience and the knowledge of the golf course.''

Scott made a conscious decision to concentrate all his efforts on winning a Major two years ago when he decided to limit his schedule.

Since then, he has produced six top-15 finishes in the last eight Majors, including his runner-up spots at last year’s Open Championship and the 2011 Masters.

Scott is one of four Australians in the 93-man field at Augusta. Jason Day and John Senden return for the third and fourth time respectively while Marc Leishman makes his second appearance in the tournament.

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