Scott hopes to be healthy for Masters opening round

Updated: April 7, 2008, 1:23 PM ET
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- After withdrawing from last week's Houston Open due to a high fever and throat infection, Adam Scott checked in at Augusta National Golf Club on Monday, but eschewed a practice round in favor of further rest.

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"I'm feeling better," said Scott, who is currently taking antibiotics. "I'm going to rest up, come out [Tuesday] and get back into tournament mode."

In Houston, Scott was first-round co-leader after firing a 9-under 63, but as his illness worsened so did his game. He shot 76 on Friday and withdrew from the tournament shortly thereafter.

"I don't like withdrawing, but I couldn't have made it three holes on Saturday. I was in bed, sweating," he said. "It's amazing the difference two days makes."

With the temperature in the 50s on Monday, Scott decided to forgo any pre-Masters Tournament practice, concluding, "Being out in the cool weather today is not a good thing for me."

There is some good news, however, for the Aussie with just one top-10 in six previous Masters starts. He received registration number 61 on Monday -- the same score he shot to win the Qatar Masters earlier this year.

"That would be nice," he said. "I've gotten in the 80s way too many times here."

Jason Sobel is ESPN.com's golf editor. He can be reached at Jason.Sobel@espn3.com

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Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.