FORT WORTH, Texas – If it looks like Adam Scott has an extra spring in his step this week at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, it might not be a coincidence.
Scott is returning to Colonial Country Club for the third straight year, having won in a playoff two years ago to cement his spot atop the world rankings. Scott added a pair of wins earlier this year in Florida, his first PGA Tour titles since that 2014 victory in Fort Worth. But shortly thereafter, he felt as though he had hit a wall.
“I think I just kind of played so much in the spring and ran out of gas at the Masters and have just been trying to rest up and get that fresh kind of feeling happening again,” Scott said.
The Aussie normally keeps to a relatively light schedule, but he played six out of eight weeks through the season’s first major, a stretch that included a runner-up finish at Riviera in addition to wins at PGA National and Trump National Doral.
“I think it just got away from me a little bit, and I was playing so well, and I was feeling pretty good that I just kept playing and didn’t realize how much of a toll the run through Florida and the Match Play took out of me going into the Masters,” he said. “The week before the Masters, it was just tough to get through the practice sessions and stay on top of everything. I was just a bit flat, and that’s my own fault for scheduling it that way.”
Scott took a week off following his T-12 finish at The Players Championship, even managing to sneak in a day of surfing that he described as a “mental recharge.”
With top-20 finishes in three of his five starts since his South Florida double-dip, Scott is eager to build upon his momentum this week on one of the Tour’s more iconic layouts.
“I just feel this golf course does reward the good ball-striking, and that’s important,” he said. “I like the challenge of that as a change of pace from just bombing 10 drivers around a golf course. I think it kind of gives you that all-around game, which I also believe you need at major championships.”