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Adam Scott not yet where he wishes to be

Tipped by many as a future world number one, seventh-ranked Adam Scott does not yet regard himself as a member of the game's elite.

The 25-year-old Australian believes it is still too soon for him to follow in the footsteps of players like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson who plan their playing schedules around the four majors.

"It's hard to just focus on the majors because I'm not at that stage of my career at all, not even close," Scott told a news conference on Wednesday as he prepared for this week's Sony Open.

"Tiger and Mickelson and Ernie and Vijay, I think they are the only four guys who can afford to do that.

"I still haven't really figured out what the best way to prepare is, because there are events around all of the majors that you would like to win, as well.

"When you're trying to peak at other weeks around the majors, it's tough just to think of Augusta (venue for the U.S. Masters).

"For example, the Players Championship is right before the Masters for this year, and I just find that I don't know. I don't think I can afford to focus on those four."

Scott, who clinched the biggest title of his career at the 2004 Players Championship, has tried both approaches: sometimes taking a break before a major or instead playing tournaments in the build-up.

"Sometimes I feel quite good playing into the tournament because it's only a few days between competition," he said. "Other times you need a break.

"At the moment, I'm kind of going with: if I'm playing well, I'm going to play before the tournament and just keep playing well. You don't want to be playing well and sitting at home."

Scott, who has won three times on the PGA Tour with a further four titles on the European Tour, is satisfied he has been steadily improving his record as a playing professional at the top level.

"Every year I've gotten better, which is a good thing," he said. "And I think every year up until last year, I've had a better year than the year before.

"Last year, I won three times around the world but I definitely didn't get the most out of my game, which is very disappointing, for probably half of the year. I just didn't quite put it all together as much as I wanted."

Rested after spending much of the southern hemisphere summer watching his beloved Australia cricket team, Scott is ready for a fast start to the year.

"I feel like this is a course where you've got to shape your shots a little bit and keep everything under control," he said.

"It's not really a bomber's paradise. It's challenging for everyone, but I think I've got a good chance to do well here."

The Sony Open, the second event on the 2006 PGA Tour, starts on Thursday.

January 12, 2006


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