Driving up Magnolia Lane is like taking a trip down memory lane for Adam Scott as he prepares for The Masters this week.
The first and only Australian to win The Masters, Scott started his week in the Champions locker room slipping on his Green Jacket before presenting awards to the future faces of the game at the Drive, Chip and Putt competition.
“It's a great feeling to go into the Champions Room and see some of the other champions. We all get to put our green jackets on one week a year and get to enjoy that,” said Scott.
“It's a special feeling when you go around and see some of the footage or some of the photos from the year that you won. A lot of special memories come back, good feelings. I have a great feeling about playing this golf course so I'm excited for this week.”
Entering Masters week, Scott is the lowest ranked of the four Australians teeing it up but experience can’t be discounted at Augusta National.
It’s what has seen Fred Couples, 58, a regular feature in the top-20 at the year’s first Major since his win in 1992.
Experience plus some astounding form is also what has Tiger Woods amongst the favourites with golfing pundits.
But Scott is hoping his experience will help him feature in the headlines on Monday morning.
“I think you have to give it (experience) some value. If you look at guys like Fred Couples being competitive here into his 50s, Bernhard Langer and then Mickelson obviously still able to compete at the highest level winning a World Golf Championship. His experience has got to count here,” said Scott.
“Tiger, obviously, even though he hasn't played a lot of golf has that experience. I don't think anyone really knew how he would go and he's playing nicely. Expectations are up for him this week.
“There are a lot of great stories coming into this Masters and I would like to kind of spoil the party in a sense and make another story.”
Taking a moment to reflect on the story he created in 2013, Scott re-watched his playoff triumph over Angel Cabrera and brings positive vibes with him to Augusta National.
“I watched the play-off last week for the first time in a long time which was really great. It's instantly emotional. It still feels quite close by,” added Scott.
“That was fun to watch and I took some good stuff out of that going into this week and good vibes obviously.
“To see where my intensity level was at, of course that goes without saying when you're in a play-off for the Masters. That's where you've got to take yourself to be competitive.
“I have watched the replay once before fully, but that was years ago now.”
Adam Scott is joined in the field by three fellow Australians; World Number 11 Jason Day, 2017 Greg Norman Medallist Marc Leishman and 2017 Australian PGA Champion Cameron Smith.
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