Date: April 10, 2008

Scott ready to break Masters drought

A confident Adam Scott has declared himself ready and able to launch a serious assault on the US Masters. The world No.8 has shaken a virus which floored him last weekend partway through the defence of his Houston Open crown. It came after Australia&aposs second-highest ranked golfer fired a sizzling 63. The brief layoff, however, hasn&apost dulled the Queenslander&aposs belief and on the eve of the year&aposs first major he&aposs positive his health and form is good enough to end the Australian drought at Augusta. No Australian has won the Masters but with the country providing the field with the second-most players of any nation, behind the host, there is belief that Scott or one of his eight compatriots can put an end to the heartbreak. “I&aposm feeling a bit better. It was a rough weekend last weekend … the antibiotics have been doing their job and I have been resting,” Scott said after his first practice round of the week at the famous Augusta layout. “I am looking forward to this week now.” “It (the illness) was disappointing for a number of reasons. One, I wanted to defend in Houston, I wanted to get four rounds under my belt before coming here and obviously wanted to continue good form coming here.” “It was cut short. Today was my first hit since Friday and it felt good.” “I am just trying to look at all the positive things out of it. A 63 (in Houston) last week, things are not too bad in my game.” Scott has played six times at the US Masters, but not since his debut has he troubled the frontrunners. “I haven&apost played very well here since my first year (ninth). When you are not striking your irons well here you are not going to have good results,” he explained. “I have been working hard on every aspect of my game but there has been a bit of a focus on my putting.” “I have been a bit more disciplined with my putting practice this year and pitching, my short game. I have seen some good results. I am definitely going to keep working on that stuff for sure.” He said world No.1 Tiger Woods was a worthy favourite, but not across the line. He also found it difficult to nominate a score that would secure the green jacket. “It&aposs so hard to pick a winning score but it is playing so long at the moment. It will be hard to hit a lot of shots close and it&aposs hard to make a lot of long putts here.” “I don&apost know, a couple under (par) if the weather is good.”