After he won the Masters last spring, Adam Scott took his sweet time getting back to Australia to celebrate.
It wasn't that he didn't want to go home. Rather, he feared he might get so distracted that he'd ruin the rest of his golf season.
"I wanted to come home straight away after winning, but thought if I come home and start celebrating I might not make it back," Scott said on Wednesday after the pro-am for the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast, just a few miles from where he grew up. "And I didn't want to waste this year just with winning the Masters and resting on my laurels a little bit and letting things slip. I wanted to take advantage of the confidence and the momentum and see how far I could push myself this year.''
Now that he's finally there, Scott is indulging in as much post-Masters fun as he can squeeze in. On Tuesday, he wore his green jacket to a corporate function. And on Wednesday, he received the key to the city from Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
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"It's nice to talk to people and get an idea of just how much it meant to them back here," Scott said of becoming the first Australian to win at Augusta National. It's been ''great to kind of share the green jacket with everybody and a couple of stories."
One of them was letting everyone know about Augusta National's apparently strict policy on laundering the green jacket, which he admits to wearing around the house frequently.
"They send you a couple of pages of jacket etiquette they would like you to follow," Scott said. "You can't just go and drop it into the dry cleaners."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.