Scott not fazed by missed cut

The Australian's conversion to a short-handle putter has been the topic of much discussion, with the broomstick putter having been a tool that has garnered him much success.

However, making his first appearance of the year last week at Doral he showed no signs of struggle, coming home in a highly creditable fourth place.

Matters have not been quite as straightforward this time around, with the former world number one carding a four-over-par 75 on Friday, a round which included four missed putts which were inside of five feet.

"It was pretty scrappy out there – some loose shots, and some loose lag putts and some loose short putts. There's not many courses we play you can get away with that," Scott said of his round.

"I've got to tighten it up a little bit. Overall, I feel pretty good. There's a lot of good stuff in there."

Scott hinted that he may return to the long-handle putter for the Masters, admitting that it was good to have options.

"I feel fine with it (conventional putter)," he said. "It can happen. You can miss some short ones. Obviously, it's not what you want and there's no excuse. But there's a couple of things I'd like to make an adjustment with on different greens, different green speeds."

The 34-year-old has had a busy time of late, with his wife giving birth to their first child last month.

"If you can blame fatigue after a layoff, in fairness, I feel like I've crammed more into my last month than I have in a year," he said.

"With the birth, spending nine days at home with a newborn, coming over and practising and play in an event, all in three weeks … I feel like a lot has happened."