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Adam Scott: No Fans at the Masters Will be Strange but the Approach Stays the Same

The Masters won’t be the same 2020, but yet it will. Six months after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pushed back professional golf’s prized tournament, there will be a different look and feel to Augusta National this weekend. While the lack of fans will certainly seem strange, Adam Scott, who won the Masters in 2013, said the approach doesn’t change.

Adam Scott won the Masters seven years ago

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Adam Scott, an Australian golfer, turned pro in 2000, and 13 years later earned the coveted green jacket. Scott’s 2013 Masters victory is the biggest win of his professional career and that victory put him on the golf map. For four months in 2014, Scott was ranked the No. 1 golfer in the world.

His Masters win was the first major championship of his career. With that Augusta National win, Scott became the first Australian to win the tournament. “We like to think we’re the best at everything,” Scott said of Australians after winning the Masters. “Golf is a big sport at home, and this is the one thing in golf we hadn’t been able to achieve. It’s amazing that it’s my destiny to be the first Australian to win. It’s incredible.”

He nearly won his first major the year before when he finished second in The Open Championship. He led by four strokes with four holes to go and wound up losing to Ernie Els by a stroke. Scott has compiled 31 professional wins to date.

The Masters of 2020 will have a different vibe

It was quite different not having the Masters Tournament in April. Now it will be strange watching it during the peak of the college football and NFL seasons. Not only will the timing of the event be off, but having no spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic will also be quite the change.

Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters winner, believes the lack of fans will be very noticeable. “I think a lot’s different about the year,” Scott said during a press conference. “But this week and the Masters being played in these circumstances, there’s no doubt the missing galleries is going to be the biggest difference.

“I’ve played two major championships since we’ve come back from this COVID break, and it couldn’t be more different playing major championship golf without the spectators out there and the crowds and the atmosphere, and that is a huge difference.”

While the Masters is different, the approach remains the same

Even Tiger Woods realizes how different things will be without people watching in person. “It’s going to make a big difference to all of us,” Woods said, according to the New York Post. “We just don’t have the same type of energy and the distractions. There at Augusta National, you just have all those roars that would go up if somebody did something somewhere, and then scoreboard-watching and trying to figure out what’s going on — there aren’t a lot of big leaderboards out there. So that will be very different.”

Whether there are fans or not, the Masters is still the Masters, Adam Scott said. Although the vibe will feel different, Scott’s mental approach remains the same. “The things that will be the same is it still means the same to us all, and maybe even more so because we return to Augusta National every year,” Scott said.

“Everything that the club does to make this a special event for everybody who gets to watch it, whether that’s on TV, the patrons who come to the grounds or the players, it’s an incredible experience,” Scott said. “That is why it means so much to us all. That will be the same. We’ll be missing one element, but it is a huge element to the experience of playing the Masters.”