Scott plans on making green jacket his own at Masters
NO Australian has never won the US Masters and earned the right to wear a famous green jacket - Queenslander Adam Scott is aiming to have one in his wardrobe real soon.
The 32-year-old world No.7 is oozing confidence ahead of the first major of the year later this week, saying he's closer than ever to recording a win at Augusta National and he fully expects to be in contention on the back nine come Monday morning (AEST).
Scott, who has never won a major, although he went close last year before throwing away a four-shot lead with four holes to play at the British Open, said playing at Augusta does not intimidate him.
His last three trips down Magnolia Lane, when he finished tied 18th (2010), second (2011) and eighth (2012), vouch for that.
"I think I've developed a level of comfort with the golf course here now," Scott said.
"I come here and I'm not scared of hitting it in the wrong spot. You're a little more comfortable, definitely not as tentative. It's like a home track."
In fact, Scott said the 2010 Masters marked a turning point for him.
"Just the way I played from tee to green I just felt comfortable on all the shots because there are a lot of intimidating shots out here.
"Obviously 2011 was great and last year I played solid as well so I feel like now I've got the experience and the knowledge of the golf course."
But does Scott, who has produced six top-15 finishes in his last eight majors, including being runner-up twice, think he has what it takes to end Australia's hunt for an elusive green jacket?
"I've never been closer. I'd be disappointed not to get a result here this week," he said.
Scott is one of just four Aussies to tee off in the event this year, Australia's smallest contingent since Greg Norman, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby and Scott played in 2002.
Fellow Queenslanders Jason Day and John Senden return for the third and fourth time respectively while Victorian Marc Leishman makes just his second appearance
America's world No.1 Tiger Woods is the red-hot favourite to claim his fifth green jacket after winning three times already this season.
The tournament starts on Friday morning (AEST).