Scott hungry to keep sizzling run going, in Hawaii

Thu Jan 2, 2014 9:27pm EST
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(Reuters) - Masters champion Adam Scott goes into this week's $5.7 million Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the Hawaiian island of Maui hoping to maintain an extraordinary run of momentum that capped a breakthrough 2013 season.

Having won his first major title in gripping fashion at a rain-soaked Augusta National in April, the Australian ended the year with two wins, a runner-up spot and a third placing in the land of his birth to cement his status as the world number two.

That astonishing run, which very nearly earned him only the second 'triple crown' of wins in Australia, helped Scott edge out world number one Tiger Woods as Player of the Year on Thursday in voting by the Golf Writers Association of America.

"I've had a great run and hopefully I'm going to keep it going this year," Scott, 33, told Golf Channel while preparing for Friday's opening round at the Kapalua Resort where he will tee off along with defending champion Dustin Johnson.

"I feel like this is my time to achieve what I want out of the game so I've got to keep the momentum going because it's hard to find when you don't have it. While you've got it, you've got to take advantage of it."

Asked to pinpoint the main reason for his stunning form during 2013, Scott replied: "It's hard to put it done to one thing. I think it's probably more an accumulation of a couple of years of working on the right things in my game.

"And then it's all about executing it and just believing a little more in everything I'm doing and letting it happen under pressure."

Nine months ago, Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, beating Argentina's Angel Cabrera in a playoff of high emotion and excellent sportsmanship, then followed up by claiming a FedExCup playoff victory at The Barclays in August.


Australia's Adam Scott hits on the tenth hole during the fourth round of the Australian Open golf tournament at Royal Sydney Golf Club December 1, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Christo