Adam Scott Displaying Masters Form At 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Brandon Raper
Adam Scott Arnold Palmer Invitational
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If these last few PGA Tour events are supposed to be a warm-up for the 2014 Masters Tournament, then we might just have a repeat on our hands at Augusta National.

While Adam Scott hasn’t played a whole lot in 2014, he’s looking like a great bet to pick up a second green jacket in a few short weeks, as he’s absolutely dominating the competition at Bay Hill.

As if it wasn’t enough to tie the course record on Thursday with a 10-under-par round of 62, Scott actually extended his lead in Friday’s second round. At one point, Scott had gotten himself to 15-under after birdies at Nos. 15 and 16, but an unfortunate bogey on 18 dropped him back to -14. His 36-hole total of 130 matches another record, making it two in two days for the Australian star.

If you hadn’t watched any of the tournament, you’d probably think it was just great conditions, but here’s the catch. Scott holds an absolutely ridiculous seven-stroke lead over the trio of J.B. Holmes, Chesson Hadley, and Francesco Molinari. At this point, Scott could practically sleepwalk through it and take home the trophy.

But that’s not what he’s going to do, of course. He’s going to go out on Saturday, and while he has the ability to play more conservatively now, that’s just going to make him more dangerous. His game is reaching a peak at the perfect time for him to not only get his first win of the year, but also to ensure he is prepared to defend his Masters title.

He’s not thinking quite that far ahead, at least not yet. “[T]his course will really start to bare its teeth,” Scott told USA TODAY regarding changing weather conditions this weekend. “I’ve got to take in the attitude of starting over again and trying to play a really hard 36 holes. And hopefully if I can keep striking the ball like I am, I’ll give myself enough chances for birdie and hopefully make more birdies than bogeys.”

So not only is Scott playing out of this world golf right now, but he’s still focused on finishing the task at hand before mentally moving on to the season’s first major. If that’s not the absolute definition of success, I don’t know what is.

Barring some kind of collapse this weekend, it’s definitely time to pencil Scott in at the top of your Masters watch-list.

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