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Scott knows he has work to do before Masters

By Bob Harig

Updated: March 17, 2009, 8:36 PM ET

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- This is an important week for Adam Scott, if for no other reason than to see his game heading in the proper direction with the year's first major championship approaching.

Adam Scott

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During the CA Championship last week, 60 of the 80 players in the field finished the week under par. Adam Scott wasn't one of them, as the Aussie finished T-66 at Doral.

While the majority of his top-20-in-the-world colleagues are taking the week off, Scott is playing the Transitions Championship after a lackluster performance at the CA Championship, where he tied for 66th out of 80 players.

The Masters is just three weeks away, and this is one of just two tournaments he will play before heading to Augusta National.

"This place is really good. I think it's good preparation for Augusta," Scott said of Innisbrook's Copperhead course, where Sean O'Hair is the defending champion. "It has a lot of movement off the tee, a lot of slope on the fairways. You have to hit some shots, and it's a challenging track. I really like the golf course, and it's probably going to be really tough. I'm looking forward to it."

There is certainly no reason to look back.

Scott, 28, is doing his best to put a disappointing 2008 season behind him. Although he won the Byron Nelson Championship and rose to No. 3 in the world behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in time for the U.S. Open, not much has gone right since.

A bout with tonsillitis, a broken finger, a dislocated knee cap, a breakup with a longtime girlfriend ...

"I'm trying to forget last year," said Scott, who skipped two events in his native Australia before Christmas due to the right knee issue, which he said still gives him some issues. "Nothing was really going my way. I felt I was doing everything...

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