Adam Scott is embracing the campaign for a second Masters green jacket with fresh enthusiasm thanks to his reworked schedule after basing his family in Switzerland.
Scott is back at the Dubai Desert Classic this week for the first time in 20 years, heartened by the way he started 2022.
He’s coming off a top-10 finish when he felt he had a chance to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday before ending four shots shy of victor Thomas Pieters.
After 22 years on tour, 41-year-old Scott admits his schedule had become monotonous and the difficulty of travelling during the pandemic added to frustration as he struggled to achieve expected high standards for much of last year.
He started to see a turnaround in the second half of 2021 as he adapted and made changes.
And starting his year with two events on the renamed DP World Tour – formerly European Tour – instead of going straight to the US has been a breath of fresh air.
“It also seemed to make sense purely in a geographical sense,” said Scott in a blog for the tour.
“I moved back to Europe over the last couple of years during this Covid time and settled in Crans (Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland) with my family and kids, so this is a much shorter trip to start the year and they are able to join me as well.
It’s an exciting change and hopefully it starts my year off on the right foot.”
Scott flagged the likelihood of playing more DP World Tour events late in the year, after the US tour’s FedEx Cup season ends.
Meanwhile, his mind is very much on backing up his landmark Masters title in 2013 with another success at Augusta National in April.
“My game is in a very good place at the moment, and it’s in a place where I feel like I can get results,” said Scott.
Obviously I hope that I can be in contention this week, but the thing is to manage it all well the next few months.
“I’m already thinking about the Masters, and there are lots of big events in between, but everything I’m doing between now and then is to be prepared for the Masters.
“My stats last week were certainly better than last year and I’d like to keep going like that.
“I’m in a good spot physically and mentally, and I’m still in what I would still call the prime of my career.
“I’ve got a lot of experience behind me, so it’s time to take advantage of everything I’ve put into my career at this point.”