“From my own experience, I’m at the highest level I’ve ever been at, and I’m not dominant at all in respect to where Tiger dominated the game for so long,” he said. “So to get to that level is remarkable, and it’s good that people can appreciate that dominance and like to see it.
“I think in the past, certainly that’s been easy to go to events and look at a guy who is the guy to beat. I think that scope has kind of broadened now. There’s a lot of guys with the talent and the form that aren’t necessarily standing out above others, but on their week, they are going to be tough to beat. … That’s how I see it this week. I’d like to think my name is one of those guys, and I feel like I’m going to be one of the guys who has got a chance if I play well this week.”
The absence of Woods doesn’t diminish the event in Scott’s eyes.
“As every year here, this event produces something special no matter what,” Scott said. “It just has a way of doing it, and it’s not going to involve Tiger this year, but it will involve someone else and it will be a memorable event anyway.”
So far, Scott’s return experience has been everything he expected. He played the course twice with his father, Phil, on Friday and Sunday.
“I always felt like there would be things in the future that would be so great about coming back here for the rest of my life, and again, playing with my dad before the Masters is one of those great things that winning this tournament has afforded me,” Scott said.
“It was great fun and a dream come true for me, too,” his father said. “It really did make me realize how good these guys are because it can make a fool of you. It did me pretty easily.”
Phil Scott five-putted the first green and took 41 putts in his opening round. But he did par his way through Amen Corner twice and got to try the putts his son made on the 18th and 10th greens to win the green jacket.
“We’re developing this tradition, hopefully now, that he wins,” Phil Scott said.