Adam Scott says he’s not ready to give back his green jacket as he deals with his emotional return to Augusta National as defending champion.
Scott, who broke through the Augusta National hoodoo for Australia by beating Angel Cabrera in a playoff last year looked resplendent in his green jacket as he presented trophies to winners of a newly formed junior competition on Sunday.
The kids had participated in a drive, chip and putt competition, including trying to hole Scott’s famous 72nd hole birdie putt on the 18th green.
“I thought the ceremonial duties would come a lot later in my career here,” he joked before switching to business mode.
Champions at Augusta National must return their jacket and leave it in the clubhouse after the first 12 months, unless of course they win again.
“I’ve really got this thing in my head that I’m quite determined to not leave it here,” Scott said.
“I really have enjoyed having it with me all the time and probably haven’t taken advantage of wearing it out enough.
“Maybe I was too respectful. I think I am very determined to take it with me again next Sunday.”
Scott has tried to spend some of the emotions early having returned to play for the first time the Monday after the Arnold Palmer Invitational and playing with his father Phil last Friday.
“It was nice to come here and have a hit and not have to do too much. I thought it was good to do that,” Scott said of his first round since his victory almost 12 months ago.
“I was reminded by my coach as we were walking down 10 to stop and think about the last time we were walking down the 10th fairway and how it all was.
“That was a nice moment. I think it was nice of him to do that actually, to stop and have me smell the flowers for a second.”
Phil Scott, who was in the gallery last year for the massive achievement, also had the chance to grace the hallowed turf with his clubs.
“It’s been a big thrill for both of us,” Scott said of sharing the moments with his father.
“Playing with Dad was the highlight of his golfing life he said.
“He had a great day. It was a good day for it. It was a little tricky out there. The wind was gusty. He played well.
“The greens probably got the better of him, which is the case probably for 99 per cent of the people here for the first time.
“I think for him following me around here for so many years, for him to stand in the middle of the fairway, to get a different perspective on the golf course was great.
“And just playing with him for me was fantastic.”