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Refreshed Scott out to bag second major

- EVIN PRIEST in Los Angeles

APPROACHIN­G his 40th birthday in July, Adam Scott believes some schedule changes for 2020 can help him deliver a long-awaited second major golf title.

World No.14 Scott is starting his tournament year at this week’s revamped Genesis Invitation­al at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Coming off a seven-week break since his title drought-breaking victory at the Australian PGA Championsh­ip, he’s feeling refreshed and “ready to go”.

It’s approachin­g seven years since Scott’s landmark Masters triumph at Augusta National. But he feels consistent­ly strong form in 2019 has set him up well to land another big one.

The former world No.1 was in contention at three of the four majors last year and finished top-10 in nine of his 18 PGA Tour starts, including two second placings.

“I think it is important to get off to a solid start and set myself up for a great year,” Scott said. “I’m coming off a good year and I’m not searching for anything like I was going into 2019. All the pieces of the puzzle are there, I just have to put them together.”

Scott has tweaked his schedule to peak for next month’s Players Championsh­ip and the majors.

The 13-time PGA Tour winner will contest next week’s World Golf Championsh­ips event in Mexico for the first time in three years. He will also play the WGC-Match Play in March as his Masters tune-up after a four-year absence.

“The bar is always high for me and winning is certainly a big goal this year,” Scott said.

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