Scott claims 15 players in Masters contention


Adam Scott believes up to 15 players have a chance of winning the green jacket at The Masters this week.

Scott, the first Australian to win the coveted green jacket at Augusta National in 2013, expects to face huge competition for glory this time around.

Jordan Spieth will be aiming to become the first player to win the tournament in successive years since Tiger Woods in 2002, while world number one Jason Day and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy are also among the favourites.

Scott said: "It's going to be while before, or if ever, we see dominance like Tiger Woods. The game's changed even in the last six or seven years since Tiger won his last major championship in lots of different ways.

"It's just the continued evolution of the game and professional golf is in such a good spot at the moment, especially with guys like Jason, Jordan and Rory at the top of the world.

"I think they're great ambassadors for golf, incredible talents, pushing the bar even higher for me to try and keep up with them, and a whole bunch of other guys.

"It's been well documented leading into this Masters there are probably 10, 12, 15 guys you could make a good case for that have a real shot of winning this tournament, even with the standard of golf that high."

Scott followed up his Honda Classic victory in February with a win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and, although he was unable to maintain that form at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Match Play after a two-week break, is confident he can contend for a second Masters win in four years.

"There was a little fatigue of three solid weeks in contention at big events, tough golf courses - it was a grind. I didn't make it through to the weekend at the Match Play but that was probably a bonus for me, to just get a couple extra days rest," he added.

"It was a pretty full-on schedule for me and I've just tried to pace myself and temper my expectations a little bit coming here, because it's been a long time since I last won. 

"I can't just expect to show up and fall into contention - it's a major championship and it will require complete focus to get there on Sunday.

"It's hard for me to think that anything I achieve will be bigger than that [2013 Masters triumph] in my career, but it doesn't mean I'm not striving to win others.

"I don't want it to be just the one major that I win, I feel I've got the game to win other majors, and I'm looking to win my second major championship this week."