Putting to parenting: A year of 'transition' for Scott


NASSAU, Bahamas – Transition. After a great deal of thought, that’s the one word Adam Scott used to describe his, thus-far, winless year.

It’s been more, however, than just a shift away from the anchored stroke.

“I changed caddies starting the year out. I did tinker a little bit with equipment wise as far as shafts and combinations and ball and driver. So there were a few things,” Scott said Wednesday at the Hero World Challenge.

“Obviously then the putter, having to decide when to make that change this year and think about that. So that's kind of where I said transition. It took me a while to kind of get settled with all that stuff and fall back into any kind of rhythm with it all. It may or may not have been a good idea, but I feel like it's in a good spot now and starting to get some momentum going into next year, which I think is important for where I'm at.”

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Scott and his wife, Marie Kozjar, also had a baby in February, daughter Bo Vera. He was reticent to bring up his personal life when discussing his on-course struggles this year. But when prodded, he was quick to mention that he’s not using his expanded family as an excuse for sub-standard play.

“Obviously that's a change,” he said, “but I'm going to draw the line at blaming any average play on having a child, that's a bit rough.”

The 35-year-old husband and father was asked if he was able to match the intensity and focus of someone single and with no kids. Someone like world No. 1 Jordan Spieth.

“Yeah, absolutely, but I have to make some adjustments and I didn't know how things were going to play out, so I've been – I've tried to be very patient with balancing being a father and having a family and playing the Tour and trying to figure out how I'm going to do that my best so that I bring that intensity like Jordan does and I feel like I have in the past as well,” Scott said.

“It's certainly a huge change to your routines and everything, but I think nine months in and tried a few things here and there, it will all settle down and work well going into next year. I mean, lots of guys have played very successfully with kids, so I don't see that holding me back.”