Scott says COVID break could extend his career.

Adam Scott has revealed he flirted with the idea of not playing again this year as the COVID-19 pandemic brought a halt to the US PGA Tour.

As travel restrictions intensified and tournaments were cancelled or postponed Scott, who was home in Australia for the longest time in his career, was weighing up the benefits of pulling the pin on 2020.

But as dates for the major championships became more settled, the Aussie, who will tee it up in his 20th PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco this week, decided the situation was clear enough for him to get to the US and play.

It was dragging on so long, the kind of lay-off, that it was almost like should we just call it a season” Scott said.

“Travelling internationally at the moment and leaving the family somewhere with uncertainty about rules and regulations changing all the time, for example, with quarantine and self-isolations and all this kind of stuff just made it difficult to really feel confident that I‘d leave and be able to go back essentially.

“It was pretty clear things were changing, and when the Tour was going ahead, I just for myself needed to make some kind of clear decision so I wasn’t in two minds every week going forward from about June.

“Once the majors were planned to go ahead, I really selfishly could have missed them. But the majors are so important to a player’s career, and that’s what I’m looking to do now, so I never really seriously considered skipping this week.”

Scott, the world number nine, has left his wife and children in Switzerland, where he will base himself over the next few months with the US Open and then Masters, to be played in November, to come.

He’ll be able to travel in and out of the US with special exemptions.

He skipped last week’s WGC event to prepare for the PGA at a closed course in South Carolina after getting special permission.

The PGA will be his first event since March and his first major since the British Open in July last year.

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He said the long break could even prolong his career.

“It had been probably 20 years since I‘d been home in Australia at that time of year and for that length of time I hadn’t been there, and I certainly enjoyed that very much, given whatever restrictions we were still under,” he said.

“It was nice to be there with the family, and I think the break in some ways is going to prolong my career. You don‘t get that break; the seasons kind of bleed into each other now, and I’ve got events in Australia to play.

“There’s no great breaks, and this from a career and a playing sense was a great break for me.”

Despite the long break between tournaments Scott, who also got to San Francisco early to prepare for the PGA, said he felt as prepared as he could be to grab a second major.

“Well, there‘s no doubt the majors are kind of what everyone’s careers are defined and measured by at the end of the day,” he said.

“So it‘s great that we’re back here playing for a major, and it’s been over a year, which is a long stretch, but now there’s seven in the next 12 months, I believe.

“I arrived here early, which I often do for majors and play normally before the crowds, but still just to get those extra days here and come to grips with the course.

“But it’s a golf course that I feel very comfortable that I should be able to play well if I get my head down and perform.

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