Adam Scott joined Ernie Els for a practice round at the course last Tuesday and pronounced the course "perfect" during a press conference at last week's Tampa Bay Championship.
"I thought it was in the best shape I've ever seen it this early in the
year," Scott said. "They
must have had some nice warm days and cool nights, and a lot of grass
seems to be growing. Sometimes it can be a little thin early on, but it
looks great. It's Augusta. It's pretty much perfect."
When asked if his internal clock for winning a major is becoming more of a factor as he prepares for the Masters, Scott said he only recently feels like he is coming into his own.
"I think it's the other way for me," Scott said. "I think it was a long time, I didn't really look like I was a major contender, and now I feel like I am. So I feel like now's my time, it's up to me to make it happen. Everyone's path to that success is different. I mean, Mickelson knocked on the door for years and years and then the floodgates opened for him. I've gotten my game to a point where I feel like I'm right there. Hopefully I can get the first one and then we'll see. Everyone's path to getting there is different. So I'm just trying to do what I believe is best and hopefully the first one comes soon and more to follow."
Scott's playing partner during his practice round at Augusta was also the beneficiary of Scott's collapse in last year's British Open. Els claimed his fourth major after Scott shot a 75 on Sunday after leading or within one stroke of the lead for the previous three rounds. But the two professionals haven't let that event affect their friendship.
"I think I was happy overall, very happy for Ernie," Scott said. "I think he's an incredible talent and he's one of the best players I've
of seen on a golf course. I've played so much golf with him and seen
him do such incredible things. I think he could have won ten majors. So paid his dues, and whether he won it or I helped him win it a little
bit; it doesn't matter, he won it. Probably eased the pain a little bit
that he was a closer friend of minute here, and I could feel some
happiness for him."
Scott's best finish at Augusta was a second-place showing in 2011 after
posting a final-round 67 on a wild Sunday that saw eight different
players claim a share of the lead. The first round of the 2013 Masters is April 11. Photo: Adam Scott at the 2012 Masters (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)