Scott happy to make hay

Andover Advertiser: Adam Scott will defend his US Masters title at Augusta in April Adam Scott will defend his US Masters title at Augusta in April

Masters champion Adam Scott believes he and his contemporaries have to make the most of their chance to win major championships while world number one Tiger Woods goes through "a dry spell".

Woods has not won a major since claiming his 14th in the 2008 US Open, with the likes of Scott, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell among those taking advantage to secure a maiden victory.

But asked if Woods was now less of a factor in golf's four biggest events, Scott said: "I don't think he's become less of a factor, he is still obviously a favourite in everyone's mind, including the players, that he's going to be around the mix.

"I just feel the way it has been shared around a little bit lately you have seen my generation of player have got to that level where they put the 10 or 12 years' experience in the bank, they have raised the level of their own game over the last couple of years and believe it's their time to do it.

"They are not worried about Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson or a young guy like Rory McIlroy, they are into their own thing.

"I don't necessarily think that Tiger is not a factor, he certainly is. He's the number one player in the world and he is always there or thereabouts.

"He is on a dry spell at the moment and that's what happens in a career.

"Jack Nicklaus had a run like that and he is still the greatest player of all time. It wouldn't surprise me if Tiger comes and wins again this year, but there is my generation of player that is feeling like their time is now so they have to take advantage of it."

Speaking on a teleconference ahead of his Masters defence in April, Scott revealed his choice of menu for the traditional champions dinner would have "an Australian theme," adding: "I want to serve something everyone will enjoy, but nothing too crazy. Whether that means they are eating kangaroo I'm not sure yet. We will see."

One tradition which will be absent from Augusta National this year will be the Eisenhower Tree on the 17th hole, which was removed at the weekend after suffering storm damage.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower famously lobbied club officials to have the loblolly pine removed after tangling with it on many occasions, and Scott did not sound overly upset to see his wish belatedly granted.

"It's gone and it will be part of Augusta history forever, but the course had evolved over all these years with natural changes and man-made changes," the 33-year-old Australian said.

"It's taken on a lot of different looks over the last 10, 15, 20 years and now we've got another different look.

"It was a pretty tight hole, so from a golfing standpoint seeing a little bit more of the fairway will be a nice thing."

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