Scott - competing at the Masters for the 16th consecutive year - is flying under the radar following indifferent form in early 2017 including a missed cut at last week’s Houston Open but says he’s never felt more at ease on Augusta’s treacherous putting surfaces.
“I’ve been very comfortable getting back on the greens this year, probably more so than ever, I feel like now I’m getting a good understanding of the fall lines and the few little nuances that they have here because obviously they’re very tricky at times,” Scott said at his Tuesday press conference at Augusta.
“My level of comfort here the last five years has grown so much and now it’s far less daunting coming here than in the past.”
Scott - who has long been lauded as having one of the best long games in all of golf - admitted he’s neglected that part of his game in 2017 but said his short game may be as good as ever as a result.
“[Short game] has been a big focus of mine for the first few months of this year and I’ve seen some improvements certainly in the stats and just generally how I feel about it. I’d say it’s as confident as it was when I was back winning this tournament or World No. 1.
“Obviously when you’re in those positions, your short game’s pretty sharp, so I feel like I’ve taken it back up to that kind of level.”
The former World No. 1 used his weekend off in Houston to his advantage with a practice session in Texas on Saturday before arriving at Augusta on Saturday night and playing his first practice round on Sunday.
Scott said the added time on the ground at Augusta has instilled a sense of contentment in his entire game, despite firing a second round 77 to miss the cut in Houston by one shot.
“I haven’t played a lot this year and I haven’t played at my best, but my mind this year has been all about peaking here.
“Last year, I was coming in kind of hot and my best golf wasn’t here so I’m hoping it’s different this year and I’ve stayed really patient and not got too frustrated with my average play. I’ve seen enough good stuff to know that when I get out there Thursday, a lot of good feelings for me here at this golf course, and I like where my game’s fallen just in the last couple of days.”
Just as he did in 2016, Scott will use Williams occasionally as his caddie along with his regular looper, Englishman David Clark.
The Queenslander had Williams on the bag in Houston which he said was a sensible decision compared with last year when the pair reunited at Augusta without a lead-in event to reacquaint.
“He knows where my game is at after last week, he’s not coming in completely blind, that may have been an obvious mistake,” Scott said.
“We’ve spent some good time together over the last 10 days, I think we’re on the same page. It doesn’t take long, I think we work really well together. He always looks for my best performance and I’m determined to show him that this week.”