PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Forty-five days have passed since Adam Scott last struck a competitive golf shot, closing out the Sony Open with a final-round 66, and that total will grow to 46 before he returns to action Thursday at the Honda Classic.
The notion of a lengthy break, though, is nothing new for the Aussie, who in recent years has made something of an art form out of crafting a limited schedule in order to peak for the game's biggest events.
"The last couple years have been planned well and executed well, I think, and that's what I'm trying to do this year," explained Scott, who will follow his appearance at PGA National with a return to Trump Doral next week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship. "I think even though I've just had a little bit of a break, I'm giving myself enough time to peak."
Scott offered some candor Wednesday when describing his recent time away from golf, which included a little bit of surfing in Hawaii and a whole lot of down time.
"It was pretty boring," he joked. "It was just kind of whittling the days away and waking up and checking the news, seeing what was happening and trying to find a couple things to do other than spend 12 hours on the couch."
Following what he termed a "needed" respite, the 33-year-old returned to both the gym and the golf course a "couple weeks" ago to begin preparation for this week's event. With his title defense at Augusta National looming on the horizon, Scott shed some light on how events like Honda serve as stepping stones toward even larger goals.
"It's obvious what I'm trying to peak for, but these are all important steps and a poor performance sets you back," he noted. "Confidence doesn't keep growing. You want it to all kind of snowball, so it's important that I come here and play well."
After more than six weeks off, Scott admitted that he won't exactly be able to ease back into things this week on the difficult Champion Course.
"I feel like I've had a nice preparation, but this is a very tough test," he added. "It's probably not the ideal one to float back in off after an extended break."