Scott has spent part of his time in the Bahamas the past couple of years, practicing and playing out of Albany Golf Club. The practice is important, because Scott has limited his schedule in recent years, and the key to that is being ready to compete when he does play on tour.
“There are times when practice is a couple of hours a day,” Scott said. “And then there are times, like last week, where good preparation and good practice is four to five hours a day.
“I like that kind of number, because that’s about the amount of time that I try to concentrate playing a round on tour. It’s not just random. I think the amount of things I do randomly with golf is very few. Most of it is planned and purposeful.”
He said practicing between four and five hours is the right amount of time to get quality work and keep his focus, as he would in a round of golf.
Scott said the new balance of limited tournaments and more practice to keep sharp has made him a better player. He wasn’t the first to think of this.
“It’s no secret,” Scott said. “Tiger (Woods) doesn’t play much and he plays well all the time. (Greg) Norman played a really limited schedule, and he was a dominant player for a long time. It depends on what you do when you’re not playing. It’s not sitting at home on the couch. It’s doing something that’s making you better.”
But what about the rest of his time in the Bahamas? Go to the beach. Fishing?
“I go to the gym,” Scott said.
And after the gym?
“Then I sit on the couch,” he said with a smile.
THE HANDSHAKE: In what was talked about Monday as “The Handshake,” Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia finally saw each other on the practice range for the first time since Garcia jokingly said last month he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open and “we will serve fried chicken.”
They shook hands on the range, a moment captured by a fan who posted it to his Twitter account.
Woods and Garcia had been going at it since the third round of The Players Championship, a feud that began when Garcia suggested Woods should have been paying attention when taking a club from the bag, which caused the gallery to cheer as Garcia was about to play his shot.