PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - Adam Scott, who used a victory at the 2013 Masters as a launching pad to the No. 2 spot in the World Golf Rankings, has committed to play in the 2014 Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event which will be held February 24-March 2 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Scott is taking six weeks off prior to The Honda for a well-deserved rest after a magical 2013 that many in the golf world saw coming for several years. But part of that time will be spent working on his game in The Bahamas as he strives to continue building upon his successes of the past 12 months.
He became the first Australian to win at Augusta, it also was his first Major championship victory, and also won The Barclays in August and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, an unofficial event in October. His six Top 10 finishes in 16 TOUR events allowed him to finish fourth in the FedEx Cup standings.
Scott also won the Australian PGA Championship in November and a week later won the Talisker Masters, also in Australia. Scott then teamed with fellow Aussie Jason Day to win the team competition at the ISPS Handa World Cup, capping a special three weeks back home. He has won 10 times on the PGA TOUR over the past decade and has a total of 13 other International victories.
Scott always has played well at Augusta, making 10 cuts in 12 starts and finishing in the Top 10 four times. He defeated Angel Cabrera with a birdie on the second playoff hole and watched as Cabrera missed his own birdie putt.
Later in the year, Scott almost won the British Open too, but was snake-bitten for the second year in a row by a string of bogeys and finished third. But he has finished in the top 15 in his past six starts in Majors and has credited his collapse at the 2012 British for giving him the confidence to win Majors. He was the best player for 68 holes in that event and learned that it was only a matter of finishing the next time he had the opportunity.
Scott first watched highlights of his victory at The Masters about 10 days after the event.
"What I experienced looking back is that elation of achievement is so short-lived," he said. "But it's longer if you enjoy the whole process. That moment of sheer joy is very short. It didn't carry on for days and days. It's numbed by formalities and all those other things. You've got to enjoy getting there as much as what happened. It was only a few hours, and then Hilton Head started, and there's another tournament. It's incredible that a lifelong dream can be achieved, and it's so short."
Scott began 2014 with a pair of Top 10 finishes in Hawaii before announcing that he would skip the TOUR's West Coast swing. But that doesn't mean he will be rusty when he arrives in Palm Beach Gardens because of the intensity of the work he will do in the Bahamas.
"There's got to be a break somewhere," Scott said. "I could keep playing. I feel like I'm playing well. But you can't continue to perform at the level you want if you play all the time. I'm forcing myself to take a break.
"I'll work on my game a lot. I'm going to try to improve. I'd like to think I can, absolutely. Because if that was the best, then everything's downhill from here, which doesn't sound too good to me. You know when you're ready to get back into it because you're willing to put in the hours, and it's not effort. I don't know how anything could surpass last year, but it will be a lot of fun to try. Maybe winning the Slam, all four in a career. Hopefully, it's not all downhill."
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