06 Jan 2021 | Professional golf |

Scott set for Kapalua return

by Martin Blake

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Adam Scott practises at Kapalua today. Photo: Getty

Adam Scott is back at Kapalua resort for the Tournament of Champions for the first time since 2014, and he’s happy to be in Maui and playing some golf again.

Scott, 40, had an interrupted year in 2020 after winning early in Los Angeles, then contracting Covid-19.

But there were unexpected benefits for the father-of-two, who spends most of his time in Switzerland when he is not playing golf. In 2020, he spent a prolonged period in Queensland.

“I got to spend three months at home,” Scott told the media in Hawaii today. “That was fantastic. Looking back on last year, probably the highlight of the year. So it might be, really, until the end of this year before I do get back home, hopefully, and that's a long time away, because I enjoy my trips back home.

“But it is what it is and like I said a little earlier, if I'm out here playing, I want to make the most of it, who knows, my time is becoming less and less, that's for sure, all these good young players, so I would like to contend a little more and win a little more before my time's up.”

Scott is one of three Australians in the field for the Tournament of Champions beginning Thursday, local time, along with Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman, as the US PGA Tour picks up again.

The Australian has been practising with a short putter but said today it was not necessarily a permanent change from the longer putter; more a horses-for-courses action. “I have the arm lock putter here this week, so it might have looked like a short putter, but it was an arm lock style, and I putted like that a couple years ago.

“It's just kind of what I like on this type of green here this week and, quite grainy, quite slow, a lot of slope, and can be a lot of wind around as well and the long one, I feel like I've battled with a little bit out there in the past.’’

Scott said he would consider playing for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics this year, having previously been cool on the concept of Olympic golf.

“I would consider playing,” he said. “It's still not my priority for the year. That's for sure. But I wouldn't rule it out because you can never really say never, but it will certainly be something I'll look at. Who knows where we are in the summertime.”

The Tournament of Champions includes the top three players in the world rankings -- Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. Coverage is live on Fox Sports and Kayo from 10am Friday, eastern Australian time.

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