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“That,” he said. “If I hit it great and win, if I slap it all over the place and win, I win. That’s the intent.”

Scott’s six-week break required some discipline. He had won two times and finished among the top three in two other events. He was a factor in the weekend in both Hawaii tournaments (both top 10s), and there was a temptation to keep playing.

But he feared that might keep from peaking at the right time.

Even so, the Masters champ believes it’s easy to fall into a trap of paying no attention to anything but that one week at a major.

“You’ve got to understand that the process to getting there is all important, as well,” Scott said. “My performance this week is important in that process of getting to Augusta with the most confidence, and good results kind of breed confidence. I’m looking to kind of pick up where I left off in Hawaii hopefully and get in contention.”

Mickelson missed the last two weeks because his kids were on spring break, spending some of that time skiing and some of that playing golf. He did not want to fly out from California for one tournament next week at Doral, so he added the Honda Classic.

“Like most courses, it’s a little tighter off the tee than I would like,” Mickelson said. “But it’s in incredible shape. The greens are beautiful. The greens are really immaculate. If you get hot with a putter, you can make a lot of putts. But I do like the golf course. I’ve always liked Nicklaus-designed golf courses. I know this course he renovated or redesigned years ago, and it’s a wonderful test of golf, and I think that’s a real credit as to why such a strong field continues to come here.”