Scott sticking to his blueprint for success
Friday, January 3, 2014
KAPALUA, Hawaii – On just the second day of a new year, Adam Scott was reminded that we’re on the threshold of the seventh tournament to a new PGA Tour season.
A curious wrinkle, to be sure, but the Aussie merely shrugged.
He will play the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which begins Friday, then tee it up in Honolulu at next week’s Sony Open before taking six weeks off. Reminded that when he returns at the Honda Classic on Feb. 27 that he will have played in just two of the first 14 tournaments in this 2013-14 wraparound campaign and might lag well back in the FedEx Cup points standings, Scott again shrugged, this time with a bit of a smile.
“I haven’t given it a lot of thought,” he said.
For good reason, too. Ranked second in the world and in possession of a green jacket for his Masters victory last spring, Scott owes his lot in life to a brilliant set of skills, yes, but also a commitment to a schedule that has taken him years to settle into. Given his worldwide performance in 2013 – four titles in 20 starts, no missed cuts – one would surmise that he’s on to something that works for him.
“There are always changes (to the PGA Tour schedule) – and for the better, I guess. We’ll just see,” Scott said. “(But) I base my schedule to be prepared best for the majors.”
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As for where he sits in FEC points come early March, Scott is not cavalier. Instead, his confidence is a byproduct of his consistent productivity and in step with his global stature.
“Hopefully, (the points) will accumulate with some good play over the next couple of weeks,” he said. “I think as long as you make it to The Barclays (playoff tournament No. 1, which Scott won last August), you’ve got a chance to win. If you have two good (playoff) weeks, then you have a good chance going into the Tour Championship, no matter where you’re ranked. That’s the beauty of the FedEx Cup. It’s volatile, in that sense.”
What isn’t volatile these days is Scott’s world. It’s placid – a match for his calm demeanor – and it’s hard to imagine that much is out of place. When we last saw him in the golf arena, Scott was winding down a four-week run in his native Australia, thrilling the home folks with the sort of performance they came to see.
True, the fields in the Australian triple crown – the PGA, the Masters and the Open – and in the World Cup of Golf may not have been deep, but still, Scott was thrust into a position that is never easy: He was expected to win. The fact that he did win at the PGA and then the Masters, finished second at the Open, third in the individual portion of the World Cup, and shared the team title with Jason Day, much to the delight of the sports-crazy Aussies, provided what Scott had wanted with this homecoming, his first since winning at Augusta.
“It was a great trip home," Scott said. "But I think in some ways, the pressure was off, and in other ways, I put a little more pressure on myself to perform and wanted to put kind of an exclamation mark at the end of my year that I had.”
If the Aussie crowds expected greatness from Scott, they could not have been disappointed. He knows he appreciated every minute of the return home, and he’s had a month to soak it all in.
“I got pretty focused on the golf side of things for a month and played a lot of good golf, and tried to balance that with a fair few commitments around all the golf. Probably a month of my life that I'll look back on fondly as the first time I went home after winning the Masters, and even six or eight months later after winning, to see what kind of effect and enthusiasm and excitement everyone had for the event back in April was really nice for me to see that they appreciated it so much.”
Putting Australia behind him, Scott has moved forward into a new year and a new schedule, but with a commitment to an old blueprint that he sees no reason to change.