The Masters: Adam Scott says elite have raised their game during Tiger Woods' 'dry spell'

Last Updated: 15/03/14 2:54pm

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Adam Scott: Can he defend his Masters title?

Adam Scott: Can he defend his Masters title?

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Masters champion Adam Scott says the world's best golfers must capitalise on Tiger Woods' "dry spell" after years of suffering at the hands of the world No 1 at major championships.

Woods has not won a major since claiming his 14th at the 2008 US Open, allowing the likes of Scott, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell to secure their maiden victory.

Woods remains a huge factor in the calendar's big tournaments, but Scott says others have raised their game after seeing their chance to claim glory.

"I don't think he's become less of a factor, he is still obviously a favourite in everyone's mind, including the players, that he's going to be around the mix," he said.

"I just feel the way it has been shared around a little bit lately you have seen my generation of player have got to that level where they put the 10 or 12 years' experience in the bank, they have raised the level of their own game over the last couple of years and believe it's their time to do it.

"They are not worried about Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson or a young guy like Rory McIlroy, they are into their own thing.

"Tiger is on a dry spell at the moment and that's what happens in a career.

"Jack Nicklaus had a run like that and he is still the greatest player of all time. It wouldn't surprise me if Tiger comes and wins again this year, but there is my generation of player that is feeling like their time is now so they have to take advantage of it."

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