Adam Scott’s quest for greatness means he’ll never be too relaxed in the comfort zone he senses when entering Augusta National’s gates.
The cool Australian with burning ambition returns for next week’s US Masters title defence feeling he’s only just started gathering the body of work that could define his career.
Scott intends to enjoy being part of the elite club of Masters winners, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
But his eye is on the big picture and stepping up another rung by winning a second green jacket can really kick-start his plans.
Sixteen men have donned the green jacket on multiple occasions and Scott aims to be the 17th.
“I’m really looking forward to defending. I feel very comfortable there and of course winning makes that even more comfortable,” Scott told AAP.
He said it was no surprise to see those who have conquered amongst the azaleas continue to thrive, with the likes of 1992 champion Fred Couples seemingly putting himself in the mix every year.
“You can develop a real affinity with the golf course and I am not resting on any laurels,” he said.
“I am excited about putting myself in contention many times as we go forward.
“I’m not just going to be happy going back there to be run of the mill or middle of the pack. I want to feature.
“Now that I have one green jacket I will have an opportunity to win many others and create an amazing career just at the Masters.”
But Scott’s goals extend far beyond Augusta National.
The 33-year-old Queenslander has designs on a full set of the four major championship titles and, just perhaps, becoming the most successful Australian golfer of all time.
It seems fitting that he measures himself against the greatest Australian players.
The primal “C’mon Aussie” scream the understated Scott issued as his birdie putt dropped on the 72nd green ahead of his playoff win last year showed why he was the perfect man to break Australia’s Masters hoodoo.
He wore his patriotism on his sleeve in an individual sport, making every Australian feel like they were a part of it.
“I guess there always had to be a first Aussie to win all of the majors but the Masters just became a bit bigger probably because it was the last one,” Scott said.
“There is something unique about the Masters and I guess it became so much more because of how Greg Norman went around Augusta.
“He tore it up but he had heartbreak and it really resonated with the Australian public. It became bigger than just the golf.
“So in the future there will be that asterisk next to my name of being the first Aussie, and that’s nice, but in 50 or 60 years hopefully we have at least 10 guys with green jackets.”
Norman, Scott’s inspiration, and David Graham have two majors apiece while Peter Thomson claimed five British Opens to lead the way as multiple major-winning Australians.
He can join Norman as the only Australian to hold the world No.1 ranking if he repeats at Augusta but if he is to be considered the very best from his country one day, he knows it will take some truly exceptional sustained excellence.
“If it’s not to win five or six majors and equal what Peter Thomson did, it would take something unique like a career slam to be the best Australian ever,” Scott said.
“Winning all four majors would be quite an achievement and is a very small list of people who have done that.
“It’s a great goal for me to shoot for. I’d love to win enough to enter that conversation.”
Jason Day, Marc Leishman, John Senden, Steven Bowditch and amateur Oliver Goss join countryman Scott at Augusta National for the April 10-13 tournament.
Day and Leishman return after finishing third and fourth respectively last year while Senden and Bowditch have both claimed US tour wins in the last month.
The talented Goss, just 19, is in the field courtesy of his runner-up finish at the US Amateur Championship last year.