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Practice will make perfect for underperforming Scott
Adam Scott is under no illusions that he risks losing the title he battled so hard to achieve when the Masters rolls into town later this year, and a little more practice will go a long way to remedying a disappointing showing at Doral.
The Australian cut a forlorn figure after failing to shoot under par in any of his rounds in Florida, ending up on five over at the World Golf Championships and finishing tied for 25th.
Scott wasn’t alone in struggling for form. Many of the world’s top seeds also found the revamped Blue Monster hard to tame, with only three players under par after Sunday’s final round.
Adam Scott will be more frustrated with his game when he looks back at what could have been if he’d managed to overcome the course – a possible world number one ranking. However, the reigning Masters champion is staying upbeat. "I won't take a lot out of this week other than I need to practice more," he revealed when the dust has settled on Sunday’s game and Callaway Golf’s Patrick Reed was declared the youngest ever winner of the WGC event.
"I will work on the usual stuff, trying to tighten things up as always,” Scott added. "I just need to see where it is at in a couple of days. If it is horrible it will be a lot of work. If it is feeling good I will try to keep fresh."
The world number two shot par on his third round and then spent an extended practice period sorting out the kinks in his game. Of course it made little impact and the Aussie returned on Sunday to card a one over 73.
Meanwhile, the man who Scott had the opportunity to knock from his perch atop the world rankings elite, Tiger Woods, tied with Scott after falling foul of yet more back trouble which dogged him the entire game. Scott will get another chance to usurp Tiger at the Arnold Palmer Invitational which tees off from March 20-23.
Speaking to Golf 365, Woods spoke of his plans to overcome the back pain and get himself in fighting condition for the big games. He said: "I think it is important I take something out of my practice week and put it into play at Bay Hill, getting a little more consistent will be the major goal there.
"The game is all there so it will be fine and I have three weeks and a tournament ahead of me before I have to get worried.”