Adam Scott re-thinks majors approach

Adam Scott tees off during day two of the Australian PGA Championship. Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Adam Scott's revised preparation for golf's major championships this year is set to include a full month playing Scotland's links courses ahead of the Open Championship.

The former world No. 1 is also unlikely to contest a tournament in the week prior to each of the four majors, as he did last year.

Scott rearranged his schedule last year as he and wife Marie were awaiting the birth of their second child, Byron. Playing in blocs of two and three consecutive tournaments yielded mixed majors results for the 37-year-old, with a tie for ninth at the Masters his best followed by a tied 22nd at the Open Championship but also a missed cut at the US Open and a share of 61st at the US PGA Championship.

Now ranked No. 33 in the world, the Australian feels he needs to revert to his former approach, which delivered victory at the 2013 Masters, four top-five results and three more top 10s during the past four years, if he is to claim a second major title.

"I'll be going back to more of the old routine [this year]," Scott said.

"I'm not so sure that I'll be playing the week before every major.

"The practice [in 2018] is going to focus on peaking for the majors, but it's very easy to say and very hard to do."

Scott will also up the ante compared with his previous Open Championship preparations, that have seen him always arrive early to familiarise himself with the testing conditions of golf's oldest tournament.

"There'll be some interesting preparation for the British Open, a bit more extensive play over there prior to the Open," Scott said, referring to the region around host venue Carnoustie.

"If I were to spend a month over there playing links golf, I'd look at that as fun as much as prep."

The Open has been a rich hunting ground for the Adelaide-born Queenslander, who has jagged a runner-up, two top-fives and another top-10 during a stretch from 2012 to 2015.

"The Open is [an event] I felt I've had such a good handle on over the past six years," said Scott, who let slip a golden opportunity to win during the final round of the 2012 tournament at Royal Lytham.

"I'd really love to embrace it even more and try and get myself that Claret Jug, because I think that'd be such an amazing accomplishment."

Scott's will commence his 2018 PGA Tour season at the Pebble Beach pro-am in early February, an event he has played only once in 2010.