Masters 2014: Adam Scott confident for Augusta defence
The Masters 2014
- Venue: Augusta National
- Dates: 10-13 April
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Defending champion Adam Scott is in confident mood as he aims to become the fourth player in Masters history to win back-to-back Green Jackets.
Scott became the first Australian to win at Augusta when he beat Angel Cabrera in a play-off 12 months ago.
"Over the last couple of years, I could definitely say I've been quietly confident coming to the majors," said the 33-year-old.
"I've seen my form and the way I play the majors get better and better."
The last player to win successive Masters was Tiger Woods in 2002, while Nick Faldo (1989 and 1990) and Jack Nicklaus (1965 and 1966) have also achieved the feat.
"I'd like to add my name to that list this week," added Scott. "I feel like I'm playing really well."
Scott said that returning to Augusta as the champion is a "dream come true" but insisted his off-course duties this week - including hosting the Champions Dinner on Tuesday - will not distract him when the tournament begins.
"I want to try to enjoy all that, but I also want to really get my head into playing well this week because I'm in good form," said Scott, who has chosen Moreton Bay bugs - a type of lobster from Australia - on his menu for the Champions Dinner.
Scott can overtake the absent Woods as world number one for the first time if he finishes anything better than tied third (with no more than one other player) this week.
"The motivation is just to play well," said Scott.
"If I play well, I have a chance to win. That's my goal this week. The follow-on from that would be world number one. I don't tee it up thinking I'm going to try to be world number one. It just works out."
The Australian will partner 19-year-old English amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick and US PGA champion Jason Dufner of the United States in the 10:41 (15:41 BST) grouping on Thursday.