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Scott starts six-week hiatus

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As badly as Adam Scott needs to get away from golf, he was in no rush to leave paradise.

Not long after the Masters champion wrapped up his final round at the Sony Open, he was headed to the Big Island with surf champion Kelly Slater and his crew to take in some surf, sun and maybe even a little golf.

Scott knows it's time to take a break, and he won't return to competition for six weeks at the Honda Classic.

"There's heaps of work to do, but there's got to be a break somewhere," Scott said. "I could keep playing. I feel like I'm playing well. But you can't continue to perform at the level you want if you play all the time.

"I'm forcing myself to take a break, and I can see it's coming. My brain didn't completely switch on these two weeks."

That being the case, he still had a pair of top 10s in Hawaii.

The six-week break will be the longest he's been away from competition since the start of last year. That worked out, however, as Scott won the Masters for his first major.

He also won a FedEx Cup play-off event and the World Cup team title with Jason Day.

"It might be some of the best golf I've ever played over the in 12 months," Scott said. "To walk away and trust it will be there when I come back ... I think I've done enough work over the last year or two to leave it for a few weeks."

Scott said he will switch back on about three or four weeks before the Honda Classic.

"You know when you're ready to get back into it because you're willing to put in the hours, and it's not effort," he said.

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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