Familiarity and the prospect of a little fun led him to compete this week. He’s also playing well at the moment and wants to try and pick up his first win of the year.
Scott finished fifth at the Australian Masters, two weeks ago, and tied for second last week at the Australian Open. He was also solo second to start November at the CIMB Classic.
“I really like where my game has been going these last six or eight weeks,” Scott said. “I've played quite a lot and I feel like I'm moving forward with my game, which has been tough at times this year. But last week it kind of got into really nice shape and it still feels good this week, so it's perfect – it's the last week of the year I'm just hitting my stride.”
For that matter, Scott said he doesn’t want to lose too much momentum over the holiday break and will next play the Sony Open, followed by a likely West Coast event, and then the Honda Classic. If he’s playing well, he may pick up an event before reaching Florida.
Scott said he’s playing a bit more this time of year, in part, to turn around a game that produced only three top-10s in 15 Tour starts this past season. It seems to be working. Winning is a goal this week, but there won’t be any undue pressure to nab a trophy before the calendar turns.
Scott said he spends about 15 weeks a year in Albany and that, apart from his native Australia, this is pretty much his home base.
“[This event] sounded like fun to me and sometimes you just have to take the pressure off and just do what you feel is fun and it's not always so serious,” Scott said. “I'm here to, of course, compete this week, but I was excited to do it and I could have stayed in Australia and played. But I thought this would be more fun and when you're going into a tournament with that kind of mindset, it's always a little easier.”