Scott returns to Masters with renewed confidence

Thu Apr 3, 2014 3:41pm EDT
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(Reuters) - When Adam Scott won the Masters last year, an entire nation breathed a sigh of relief. Australia's long and frustrating wait to capture the only major golf championship to elude the sports-mad country was finally over.

For Scott, it was the ultimate redemption for a prodigiously talented player who had failed to live up to expectations and was developing a reputation as an underachiever.

Worse still, he had been labeled a choker after blowing the 2012 British Open when he bogeyed the last four holes to lose by a single stroke.

If Scott had never won another tournament after the Masters, his legacy would have already been assured, but that was not the way he viewed his breakthrough success.

What might have been the end of a long journey for Scott was really just the beginning. As he slipped on the winner's green jacket at Augusta National, Scott was already looking ahead.

"I'm very hungry," he told reporters at last month's Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament. "And I think most other guys would feel the same.

"I feel that the next five years should be the best five years of my career. And I'm going to make sure that happens."

While Scott has not yet added to his major tally, he has been a serious contender in two of the three majors played since last year's Masters, finishing tied for third at the British Open and equal fifth at the PGA Championship.

Two weeks after the PGA, he won the Barclays, the first leg of the lucrative FedExCup playoffs. Then in October he won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which is restricted to the winners of the four majors of that year.   Continued...

Adam Scott of Australia points as he follows his ball after teeing off on the second hole during the final round of the Sony Open golf tournament at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry