Scott enjoyed success with the English caddie Dave Clark earlier this year, including two wins on the Florida swing. That triggered inevitable questions as to whether Williams, as had always been the intention, would reappear with Scott at Augusta.
The Australian world No6 was unwavering regarding this alliance, just as was the case here on Tuesday. “I didn’t have any conversations with David,” said Scott of events after his win at the WGC Cadillac Championship. “Back in September, when David came to work for me, he was coming on to do, I guess it’s known as a job-share agreement. That was what was outlined, so there was no need for any conversation. Some other guys out here do job share.
“I would see it, if I changed it from not bringing Steve here, that would be a change to the plan. So that would be the disruption.”
Williams, who was on the bag for three of the four Masters won by Tiger Woods, has also released a book in Britain this week called Out of the Rough that charts his 38-year career as a caddie.
“His experience is invaluable, isn’t it? I don’t know if any caddie has won as much as he has around here,” Scott said. “So he has an affinity with the course from his side of things and our results in the major championships since Steve started working for me in 2011 have been fantastic if you compare them to my results in major championships before that point.
“Steve won’t be the influence in everything I do in my golf game but he’s certainly had a positive impact. Even coming back after nine months off the bag last year at the US Open, my form was very average leading into it and we got into contention and we ended up finishing fourth with a great Sunday round.
“I’m looking for that same kind of magic out of him this week, just like I ask out of David Clark any week he’s caddying and myself every week I’m playing.”
It seems incredible this represents Scott’s 15th Masters appearance. He has not missed the first major of the season since his 2002 debut. A curiously dismal run of Augusta form followed until a run of 18th, second, eighth and first from 2010.
“I remember the first one very clearly,” said the 35-year-old. “I finished ninth and didn’t really know what all the fuss was about. It was a great week for me. Then there was kind of a blur for a while of just playing and not getting anything out of it as far as results go. And then I really turned the corner in 2010, I felt, where I somehow just developed a high level of comfort playing around the course. Since then, the results have been good.
“I think I got very defensive five or six years playing the course, just being too aware of where all the trouble was and forgetting I could hit a good shot and not get near any trouble.”
Scott smiled when contemplating whether or not his major opportunities are being limited on account of age. “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it, which is probably a good thing because it means I’m not quite there yet that I have to worry about it,” he said.
“But it certainly seems like there are only a few players who have been very dominant over 40 years old and it’s probably going to be harder, too, as the young twentysomethings are better and better. That’s probably a trend that’s going to continue to happen.”
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