AUGUSTA, Ga. – Masters favorites, they’re everywhere.
It’s a pleasant predicament, with Tiger Woods' era of dominance having reached its end. No one man hogs the pre-tournament hype. This year, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott are all listed among the favorites to win the green jacket.
Scott, the winner here three years ago, realizes why he’s listed in the select group. His back-to-back victories in Florida after a second-place tie at Riviera, authoritative responses to those who questioned his putting, were enough to warrant his name mentioned among the contenders.
But, to Scott, that doesn’t mean much.
“Look, I’ve played some good golf certainly over the Florida stretch, but that’s nearly a month ago,” he said Tuesday at Augusta National. “I can’t rely on that to get to where I want to be this week. So for me starting here this week, it’s a new week and a new challenge.”
At 35, Scott is playing his 15th Masters. After finishing ninth in his first appearance in 2002, Scott thought similar results would continue every year at Augusta National, but he failed to collect a top-20 finish until 2010. He’s been a new man here since, save for a poor performance a year ago.
“There was kind of a blur for awhile, of just playing and not getting anything out of it as far as results go,” Scott said. “And then really turned the corner in 2010, where I somehow just developed a high level of comfort playing around the golf course.”