Adam Scott wants to up playing schedule

Adam Scott in Melbourne on the weekend.
Adam Scott in Melbourne on the weekend. TRACEY NEARMY

GOLF: World No.7 Adam Scott returns home this week to round off his year at the Australian PGA Championship with plans to increase his playing schedule for next season.

Scott said he aimed to "change a couple of things” in his routine following the birth of his daughter last year.

One of those would be to play in more tournaments in the lead up to the four majors to give himself a chance of adding to the US Masters title he won in 2013.

"I've thought about that a lot,” Scott said in Brisbane yesterday ahead of the Australian PGA starting Thursday at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

"I had a very successful plan but my life has changed a lot in the last couple years, being married and having a family and priorities.

"The majors are still my priorities, I think I just have to go about preparing for them a little differently than I had been.

"My playing schedule's got to change a little bit. I just think I probably need to play a little more around the majors than I used to, and hopefully I'll be in better touch when the majors come around.”

Scott's year began well, picking up two victories on the US PGA Tour.

But after that good start, his season petered away and he finished outside the top 15 at the Masters, US Open, British Open and US PGA.

Scott has also not been in the top five world rankings for two years.

He had a disappointing performance alongside teammate Marc Leishman at last week's World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath in Melbourne but was hoping to do better on a course he knows well.

"I've won at Royal Pines before so I can definitely draw on that experience,” he said.

"It's a place I've played for 20-plus years, I've been going there since I was a kid.

"I'm sure the support will be great for me as it has been the last couple of weeks, but probably some more familiar faces in the crowd.

"I'd certainly like to put on a bit of a clinic for them.”

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