Players’ belief removes Woods fear factor

Adam Scott says he and other players in golf’s elite aren’t worrying about Tiger Woods at the majors any more.


World No.2 Scott isn’t saying No.1 Woods is no longer a threat after a near six-year major title drought since winning his 14th – quite the opposite in fact.

But he senses he’s part of a group of players who have raised their games, feel their time has come and are too focussed on making the most of it to fret about anyone else.

“I don’t think he (Woods) has become less of a factor,” said Scott.

“I think he’s still obviously a favourite in everyone’s mind, including the players, and he’s going to be around the mix,. He’s the No.1 player in the world.

“It’s just he’s on a dry spell at the moment and that’s what happens in a career.

“Jack Nicklaus had a run like that and he’s still the greatest player of all time.”

Scott will pursue his second major title when he defends the Masters in April and says the spate of different major winners in recent years has changed the scene.

“I just feel like the way it’s been shared around a little bit lately, you’ve seen my generation of player and the Justin Rose’s who have got to that level where they have put 10 or 12 years experience in the bank; they have raised the level of their own game over the last couple years and believe it’s their time to do it.

“They are not worried about Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson or a young guy like Rory McIlroy. They are just into their own thing.

“It wouldn’t surprise me that Tiger comes and wins again this year, but I think there’s my generation of player feeling like their time is now, so they have got to take advantage of it.”

Woods, second behind Nicklaus’ all-time total of 18 majors, hasn’t won a major since the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.

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