Scott aiming to keep jacket

  • Last Updated: April 8 2014, 18:40 BST

Adam Scott is not too thrilled by the prospect of leaving his green jacket at Augusta National at the end of the week, but fortunately for the world number two there is a solution.

Adam Scott: Going for back-to-back wins
Adam Scott: Going for back-to-back wins

"Coming back is something I've really been looking forward to, but as the last week came by I also realised it would be time for me to bring the green jacket back and leave it here maybe," Scott said on Tuesday.

"So that motivated me to work harder last week at home and try and get myself into some kind of form that can maybe go back-to-back and keep the jacket for another year."

Only three players have won back-to-back Masters titles; Jack Nicklaus in 1965 and 1966, Nick Faldo in 1989 and 1990 and Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002.

But with world number one Woods absent after undergoing back surgery last week, Scott feels that he can justifiably take the 14-time major winner's place as the man to beat in the year's first major championship.

"I think over the last couple of years, I could definitely say I've been quietly confident coming to the majors. I've seen my form improve and the way I've played the majors get better and better, so yeah, I've felt that way a couple of times," Scott said.

"I think in the past it's been easy to go to events and look at a guy who is the guy to beat. I think that scope has kind of broadened now. There's probably a list of 20 guys you could go through here, but if they play well, they are going to be there on Sunday at some point.

"That's how I see it this week. I'd like to think my name is one of those guys and I feel like I'm going to be one of the guys who has got a chance if I play well this week.

"I don't know if there are answers to why only a couple guys have managed to repeat their (winning) performance. It's just one of those things. In time I'm sure more and more guys will, but at the moment it's only a couple, but I'd like to add my name to that list this week."

Scott has made no secret of enjoying his year as Masters champion, revealing last month that by the time he arrived back at Augusta he would probably have worn his green jacket "about 365 times."

But while he will also enjoy his Australian-themed menu at Tuesday's champions' dinner - including Moreton Bay Bugs (a type of lobster) and pavlova made to his mother's own recipe - the 33-year-old admits he is also keen to get back into action.

"I think I'll be ready to get inside the ropes and compete," added Scott, who beat Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a play-off last year to win his first major title.

"I'm trying to balance everything the best I can and enjoy it. It's something I've been looking forward to this whole year, thinking about tonight, the champions' dinner, and I just can't wait to be up in that room and see what that holds.

"I picked nothing too exotic because I didn't think any of the other guys would appreciate it, kangaroo and crocodile, or anything like that. It's along the lines of surf and turf, and it will be off the barbie, which is what I like. I would love to have served some meat pies at the cocktail hour, but it couldn't be arranged.

"I think once we pass tonight and it's down to Wednesday, the nerves and anticipation will build and I'll feel like it's just another major championship to go and play."

Scott can replace Woods as world number one by finishing joint third or better on Sunday, but would have already been in top spot if not for squandering a seven-shot halfway lead in his last tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"I feel I'm playing really well," he added. "The game was there at Bay Hill and I've just tried to keep it there. Hopefully I've sharpened it up a little more since then."

Tee-off times in the first round of the Masters Tournament, Augusta National, United States of America

(USA unless stated, all times BST):

(x) denotes amateurs

Starting at hole 1

1245 Stewart Cink, Tim Clark (Rsa)

1256 Ian Woosnam (Wal), Kevin Stadler, John Huh

1307 Ben Crenshaw, Jonas Blixt (Swe), Y.E. Yang (Kor)

1318 Mark O'Meara, Steven Bowditch (Aus), Jordan Niebrugge

1329 John Senden (Aus), David Lynn (Eng), Boo Weekley

1340 Craig Stadler, Scott Stallings, Martin Kaymer (Ger)

1351 Tom Watson, Billy Horschel, Brendon De Jonge

1402 Ben Weir (Can), Matthew Every, Roberto Castro

1413 Angel Cabrera (Arg), Ian Poulter (Eng), Gary Woodland

1424 Fred Couples, Webb Simpson, Chang-woo Lee (Kor)

1435 Graeme McDowell (Nirl), Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker

1457 Zach Johnson, K J Choi (Kor), Steve Stricker

1508 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Bill Haas, Matteo Manassero (Ita)

1519 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Brandt Snedeker, Jamie Donaldson (Wal)

1530 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Jim Furyk, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)

1541 Adam Scott (Aus), Jason Dufner, (x) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng)

1552 Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy (Nirl)

1603 Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points

1614 Larry Mize, Michael Mccoy, Branden Grace (Rsa)

1625 Sandy Lyle (Sco), Ken Duke, Matthew Jones (Aus)

1636 Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa), Lucas Glover, (x) Garrick Porteous (Eng)

1647 Nick Watney, Darren Clarke (Nirl), Stephen Gallacher (Sco)

1709 Vijay Singh (Fij), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Ryan Moore

1720 Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)

1731 Trevor Immelman (Rsa), Graham Delaet (Can), Oliver Goss (Aus)

1742 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), Sang-moon Bae (Kor), Derek Ernst

1753 Bernhard Langer (Ger), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Chris Kirk

1804 Jason Day (Aus), Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson (Swe)

1815 Bubba Watson, Luke Donald (Eng), Sergio Garcia (Spa)

1826 Joost Luiten (Ned), Marc Leishman (Aus), Hunter Mahan

1837 Keegan Bradley, Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Peter Hanson (Swe)

1848 Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els (Rsa), Justin Rose (Eng)

1859 Harris English, Lee Westwood (Eng), Russell Henley


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