Scott pleased to avoid limelight

Rory McIlroy’s attempt to complete the career grand slam and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods returning to action after a two-month self-imposed exile have dominated the agenda ahead of the year’s first major championship.

“I think it’s suited me nicely so far,” Scott said on Wednesday.

“Obviously I haven’t played lots of golf this year and to just go about my business the last couple of weeks, and then come here for the last few days and get familiar with the golf course and feel comfortable and put everything I’ve worked on into practice out there has been nice.

“There’s big stories in golf this week and I certainly am not missing being one of them at the moment. But hopefully that will change on Sunday.”

With anchored strokes banned from January 1, 2016, Scott reverted to a regular length putter for his first three tournaments of the year and immediately finished fourth in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

However, he then missed the cut in the Valspar Championship and was 35th in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, prompting a return to the long putter he used to win his first major title at Augusta in 2013.

“I just switched up for three weeks, and so to go back was a piece of cake,” Scott added. “Two days practice with it and I felt like I was at the levels I was at last year, which are very high, and that was the reason for it.

“I’m coming to a major. I’m not here to throw the balls up in the air and see where they fall. I want to make sure I give myself the best chance to perform at the highest level I need to to win. Basically that will be with the longer putter because I’ve done more practice with it.

“It doesn’t mean I won’t work on other things or continue to develop some alternative method of putting, because obviously there is a change being made at the end of the year.

“But I need to continue to perform well. I want the confidence to build and go into next year fully confident no matter what I’m doing. So I’ve got time up my sleeve and it’s a bit of a process, and that’s fine.”