A determined Adam Scott has promised to put his major championship game-face on and honour the Players Championship for its nickname as golf’s ‘fifth major’.
The 36-year-old, who tasted victory at Florida’s famed TPC Sawgrass course in 2004, will tee up in the 2017 tournament with the same preparation he usually reserves for the majors.
The 2013 Masters winner tuned up his game at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, where he finished in a tie 36th place.
Starting Thursday (Friday AEST) with Australian Jason Day as the defending champion, the Players Championship has earned the reputation as the fifth major for its high-calibre field and $US 1.8 million winner’s prize.
“I’m absolutely treating (the Players) like a major. I’m doing what I normally do for major championship preparation; playing the week before and trying to get tuned up,” Scott told AAP.
While the Queenslander has a respectable two top-10s and five top-25s from eight events, Scott admits he needs to kickstart his season after dropping to No.11 in the world rankings.
But after several positive practice rounds, Scott says that could come at TPC Sawgrass this week.
“I haven’t hit the ball well this year; the only week I hit it good was Augusta, so I’m looking to improve on that,” Scott said.
“But I have to say the last three days the swing has felt really good where I want it to be, I’m full of confidence this week.”
Scott says he’ll draw inspiration from his stellar record during 15 previous starts at TPC Sawgrass, including a victory, two top-10s and seven top-25s.
“I love this place; I’ve played a lot of good golf around here; not just from winning in 2004 but I’ve been playing late on the weekends quite a few times.”