Faldo likes Scott's chances of repeat Masters win

Wed Apr 9, 2014 2:38pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Nick Faldo is one of only three players who have claimed back-to-back Masters victories and he rates Adam Scott's prospects of joining that illustrious group as "good" in this week's edition.

Scott has enhanced his status as one of the game's leading players with a superb run of form over the past year, but needs to avoid "getting wound up about defending" if he is to retain his Masters crown, according to Faldo.

"Adam's chances of winning this week are good," Faldo told Reuters outside the iconic clubhouse at Augusta National on a sun-splashed Wednesday.

"He has been playing so well, he sounds good and he's enjoying it all. It's all about if he believes he has prepared well, prepared freely without too many obligations and what-have-you.

"If he's not twitched up about it all, he will be delighted to get to that first tee tomorrow, I should think, and get on with it."

Scott won last year's Masters in a gripping playoff with Argentina's Angel Cabrera, becoming the first Australian to claim the green jacket, and is among the favorites this time.

However, repeat wins at Augusta National are rare with only Jack Nicklaus, in 1965 and 1966, Faldo, in 1989 and 1990, and Tiger Woods, in 2001 and 2002, accomplishing the feat since the tournament was launched in 1934.

Asked why he thought the feat was so rare, Faldo replied: "I guess you really have to wind yourself up for it before Masters week. I was very fortunate in 1990.   Continued...

Three time champion Nick Faldo hits on the ninth fairway during a practice round before the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake