Adam Scott focused on rekindling US Masters glory
Australian, who won title in 2013, fires four-under par 68 to join five-way tie for halfway lead on seven-under 137
Adam Scott has geared his year toward a run for a second US Masters title, and that single-minded focus is paying off.
The 38-year-old Australian, who beat Argentina's Angel Cabrera in a play-off in 2013 to claim his only major title to date, has endured some lean years, his last titles coming in 2016.
But his three top-10s on the US PGA Tour this season include a runner-up finish at Torrey Pines, and he thinks he is peaking at just the right time.
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"I've really worked on everything with the Masters in mind from the start of the year, much like I did in 2013," Scott said after firing a four-under par 68 Friday to join a five-way tie for the halfway lead on seven-under 137.
"I probably have done every year, but a little bit more intent, maybe, this year.
"Certainly some similarities to that year in 2013, where I want to prove to myself that I've got it, and I've worked at it.
"Certainly the last three weeks, I haven't played a golf tournament since The Players and the focus has purely been on being ready for here.
"So, so far, so good."
Scott's 69-68 start is his best ever at Augusta National, but with five current or former major champions sharing the lead and Tiger Woods just a shot back in a group that also includes major-winner Dustin Johnson, he knows it is going to be a battle.
"This is really stacked," he said. "I think it's going to be an incredible weekend no matter what happens now.
"There are so many great players in with a chance, and I think my game plan has to be the same as where I started the week."
That means maintaining the solid ball-striking he's shown so far, and, he hopes, some better luck on the greens.
"Hopefully the putter can warm up a little bit," Scott said. "A hot putter will go a long way on the weekend."
Updated: April 13, 2019 02:09 PM