Adam Scott at Torrey Pines where he recorded his best finish in 2021 – photo Getty Images Donald Miralle

Former winner of the event, Adam Scott, plays the Honda Classic at the PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida this week off the back of a series of solid if unspectacular finishes in 2021.

Scott has played six events to date this year and while he has made every cut, the only top ten came when 10th at Torrey Pines so it has been a case of close but no cigar for the 40-year-old.

With this week’s event and just two more beyond that ahead of this year’s Masters, Scott is no doubt timing his run to Augusta National in order that he will have his game peaking for the first major of the year.

At a media conference ahead of this week’s event, Scott was asked about the state of his game and had mixed thoughts on just where it stands.

“It’s not really where I want it, to be honest, but it’s always nice returning to places you’ve had success.

“This is a very demanding golf course, so it’s going to certainly test every aspect of my game, certainly. I’m not quite on top of my long game at the moment, and it’s a bit of a work in progress, but playing today it was a little bit better than it was Sunday at TPC, so hopefully it’s moving in the right direction.”

Scott may be a little unsure about his game overall but he is delighted with his short game jokingly suggesting if that was not holding up then he might be doing something else.

“My short game is fantastic at the moment. I mean, for sure the best consistently it’s ever been, which is fortunate, otherwise I’d be selling hot dogs, not playing golf if I didn’t have one.

“But I’m not really where I want to be with my long game. I can sit here and bore you with details why, but it’s just the fact is it’s just not good enough. In the big picture of things with Augusta in mind, I think if I can make some progress this week, I’ve got two weeks of practice which I really, really need to be ready for Augusta, and I still believe I can.”

Scott will be joined by fellow Australians Matt Jones, Cameron Davis, Cameron Percy and Lucas Herbert. Herbert gets a start for the first time in the event courtesy of a sponsors’ exemption ahead of a likely start at the Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas next week.

Davis is playing the event for the third occasion having finished an impressive 8th last year and Matt Jones will also have fond memories of the Palm Gardens layout having finished 4th on debut in the event 13 years ago although there has not been a lot to get excited about since.