For the first time since 2016, Adam Scott is competing in the WGC Match Play as a “warm-up” for The Masters.
At Austin Country Club, Scott is grouped with major winners Keegan Bradley, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Rose.
His choice to play here signifies a significant shift in his preparation for Augusta National.
“Well, they’re all tough matches, all major champions,” Scott told the media in his press conference ahead of his first round match.
“Even if they weren’t — there aren’t easy groups here, and I expect every match to be very difficult.
“And playing well, it’s going to come down to the right shot at the right time for someone.”
A number of high-profile players have elected to forgo the tournament in order to prepare for the year’s first major.
Rory McIlroy has opted out of the tournament. Cameron Smith, the newly minted Players champion, will also be absent, as will Valspar Championship winner Sam Burns.
Scott continued: “Well, I think it’s just something different for us. It’s not a regular event, and you get the opportunity to kind of get a result every day. So that’s fun.
“Even if you don’t win the tournament, you might win three or four or five matches this week, and winning seems fun, so I think that’s what’s cool or different about it.
“You know, also depending on where your game is at and everything, you can really use this week as a good way to test yourself, being a little more aggressive.
“It doesn’t really matter if you mess one hole up. You can kind of test where your game is at by being quite aggressive out there.”
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