Scott's Masters defence in focus


Adam Scott is confident changing his successful schedule because of his hectic Australian campaign won't hurt his US Masters title defence.

In Hawaii to start his season at the Tournament of Champions, world No 2 Scott will also play next week's Sony Open, then shut it down, missing his usual tour stops in Los Angeles and also the WGC-Match Play Championship.

It's a decision he made having played four weeks straight in Australia late last year as he celebrated his Masters green jacket with home fans.

Everything is now being geared towards repeating that success at Augusta National in April.

"I don't think I'm changing too much," Scott said.

"I didn't play until LA last year, so I got a 10-week break, and I'm getting six this year.

"If I can get off to a good start here, I think I'll be able to enjoy a break afterwards and then come back ready to be in the best shape possible for the Masters."

Scott certainly has no regrets about playing four consecutive weeks back home, the first time he's done it since his rookie years and a far cry from his usual sparse schedule calculated to peak at the four majors.

He won both the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, as well as the team portion of the World Cup with Jason Day and then finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open.

"Australia was a great experience and a month of my life that I'll look back on fondly," he said.

"I can't imagine anything negative associated with it."

The four majors in 2014 begin with his Masters title defence from April 10-13 before the US Open at Pinehurst No 2 (June 12-15), the British Open at Royal Liverpool (July 17-20) and the US PGA Championship at Valhalla (August 7-10).

As the best performed golfer in relation to par in the past two years of major championships but with just one win, Scott said he's working on getting even more out of his game.

"I'd like to think I can improve, absolutely," he said.

"I'll be trying to improve, and keep doing a lot of things that I've been doing that have been working and try and refine them to do a little better.

As for his goals?

"I think winning is a good measure of success and if you can do it more than once, then I think you're probably working on all the right things and heading in a good direction," said Scott, who won five times worldwide in 2013.

"Of course that includes another major, but we'll see. The first one didn't come so easy. It took awhile." AAP

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