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THE big guns are back in action on the US PGA Tour this week with Adam Scott, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson looking to fine tune their games in the run down to Augusta National.
Scott has had a six week break from competitive golf but believes he’s got the scheduling down right to peak at the optimum time.
“I think even though I’ve just had a little bit of a break, I’m giving myself enough time to peak,” said Scott, who hardly touched a club for the first three weeks of his hiatus before this week’s Honda Classic. “It’s obvious what I’m trying to peak for, but these are all important steps, and a poor performance sets you back.”
The 33 year old hasn’t had many poor performances of late, beginning with his first career major title last April at Augusta National and ending with a string of six straight finishes in the top eight, including his two wins at home.
“It was hard to kind of wind down to be honest and not go and play,” Scott said. “I’ve been playing really nicely, so that always makes it easier to want to go to the golf course.”
Instead, Scott stayed in Hawaii for a week following the Sony Open, sleeping in, surfing and a little social golf.
“It was pretty boring,” he said. “It was just kind of whittling the days away and waking up and checking the news and seeing what was happening and trying to find a couple things to do other than spend 12 hours on the couch.”
Scott isn’t the only one to have taken a break.
Tiger Woods hasn’t played since a trip to Dubai at the beginning of February and Phil Mickelson, who last teed it up in Phoenix a few weeks ago, spent part of his break skiing at Yellowstone Club in Montana.
“With the Masters six weeks away, this is kind of where guys like myself and others are getting geared up for that event,” Mickelson said. “It’s important to get competitive, get sharp mentally and focused and play some good golf, get in contention for weeks like this.”
The Honda Classic at the Jack Nicklaus re-designed PGA National golf course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will be the first time this year the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 players in the world are all playing together. In fact seven of the top 10 in the world will be playing, with the new No.4 Jason Day one of those missing after his WGC Match Play victory.
“I feel like I’ve had a nice preparation,” Scott said. “The last couple years has been planned well and executed well, I think, and that’s what I’m trying to do this year.
“Confidence doesn’t keep growing. You want it to all kind of snowball, so it’s important that I come here and play well. You’ve got to understand that the process to getting there is all important, as well. My performance this week is important in that process of getting to Augusta with the most confidence, and good results kind of breed confidence.”
The other Aussies in the field this week are Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby, Greg Chalmers, Stephen Bowditch, Robert Allenby and Matt Jones.
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