Scott fine tunes for Masters with Tiger

Ben Everill
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Adam Scott has vowed to switch to an aggressive mode after putting the finishing touches on his Masters preparations via a nine-hole practice round with defending and five-time champion Tiger Woods on tournament eve.

Scott and Woods appeared to be in a friendly match against each other over the front-nine of Augusta National as each snuck in their final look before the tournament proper gets underway Thursday.

While neither would confirm the existence of a wager or who may have won their duel, it was clear each was playing their original ball while also playing numerous practice shots on and around the famed greens.

And with the course softened by rain and more due in the forecast, Scott was bracing for the need to start with his foot to the floor.

"At the moment it's quite attackable but as we know they can kind of map out how they want the course to play with the Sub Air system under the greens and I'm sure it's going to be running a lot faster the next couple days as it firms up," Scott said.

"But right now with the wind down and soft conditions I need to kind of switch into an aggressive mindset to play this week."

Scott anticipated the need for length a week ago, adding a new driver and golf ball to increase his carry distances. He has also added a seven-wood to his bag to play the ball longer in the air and subsequently led the field at the Houston Open in driving distance.

"The ball doesn't kick away as far on the offline shots and it's a little more forgiving around the greens at the moment with the greens being soft and the grass a little longer," he added. "Where my game is right now I'm happy with these conditions."

Scott, the 2013 Masters winner, has been part of the traditional Tuesday night champions dinner since hosting it in 2014 but spoke of the uniqueness of being at his first dinner hosted by Woods.

Prior to his 2019 triumph the 44-year-old veteran last won the Masters in 2005 and as such had not had hosting duties during Scott's time as an addition to the exclusive club.

"It was spaced out slightly more so I'd say it wasn't quite as intimate and it was a bit of a shorter program but everything went well and it was incredible to see some of the older champions make the effort to come here in these circumstances," Scott said.

"And it was fun to listen to Tiger speak as the host of the evening. Every time I've been to the champions dinner there's a great memory for me to take away and it is something I look forward to every year."