Adam Scott press conference ahead of this week’s at The PLAYERS Championship.
Adam Scott was interviewed ahead of this week’s PLAYERS Championship where he returns to the golf course since his Masters victory last month. It sounds like he’s having a tough time getting his feet back on the ground. He revealed that he has been waking and putting on the green jacket every day.
“I don’t wake up and think I’ve won the Masters. But when I walk in the closet and I put the green jacket on every morning, I do (laughing). I’ve enjoyed that. I’ve missed it the last couple days. It’s the first couple days I haven’t had it with me, so that’s been a lot of fun just wearing it around the house.”
Here are more snippets from the extended interview:
On the difference between The Open and Masters post-tournament recovery periods:
There is so much elation with winning the Masters that I couldn’t really get focused on golf, and that’s why I kept waking up and thinking I shouldn’t play yet because I felt like I don’t want to go out there and mess around and not be focused and achieving something if I’m going to go out and practice. Whereas the Open was obviously a disappointing loss, but it was a motivator, and the Bridgestone and the PGA was just around the corner, and I felt I’d never swung the club as good as I did at the Open, and it was a chance for me to go out at the PGA and right the wrong of Lytham. So I used that as a motivator.
On if life changes after winning a major:
Maybe in the history books it is because you’re written into that history book of winning a major and it will never be taken out of there. But I don’t believe so other than that. For me, it’s probably going to be the pinnacle of my career because of also the whole of Australia as first Australian to win the Masters, but it’s also not the end for me.
On the temptation to come home to Australia after The Masters:
Yeah, I was very tempted to go home. I wanted to see my mom and my sister and my friends and also share in the celebrations with all the golf fans in Australia. It was an incredible response to winning. The Prime Minister of Australia called me. Like I said, I was overwhelmed.
Also, I talked this one over with the people that are around me and we’re in the middle of the year, and, yes, it’s cause for celebration but we have a plan in place, and like I said, it’s hopefully not going to stop with the Masters at the moment. I want to keep focused while I can and try to make this my biggest year yet, and I think we can rustle up some celebration when I get home at the end of the year.
On the impending decision on anchoring and a potential backup plan:
I think I’ll be relieved when it’s all over and we can all get beyond it. I may or may not like the outcome of that, but I think we’ve all spent enough energy on it now, doing what they’re doing.
No, I don’t really have a backup plan. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and deal with it then. I don’t think there will be anything much for me to change. If I have to separate the putter a millimeter from my chest, then I’ll do that.I think I’ll be relieved when it’s all over and we can all get beyond it. I may or may not like the outcome of that, but I think we’ve all spent enough energy on it now, doing what they’re doing.
On his Dad’s unique putting stroke:
Well, he’s a side saddler.
Yeah, he looks at the hole. So maybe that’s the direction for me if they change the putter. He’ll be my putting coach.
But, look, they’ve put so much into my career, and I think they put a lot in recently. But think back to junior golf days where they drove me all around Queensland. They sacrificed a lot, so nice for them to really feel like it was all worth it probably.
On being the guy to inspire the next generation of Aussie golfers:
I don’t think I’m at that point at all. I still encourage the other guys and Aussies to keep playing well so we share that responsibility. Because, I think‑‑ you know, I grew up seeing that Greg had a tough time in Australia. It was very hard for him. He came back and supported it, but he was under the microscope, and that is a tough position to be in, especially in your home country when you’re away all year and you want to come home and enjoy being home. I think he’s handled it very well because he was right under the spotlight.