Originally written July 18, 2013 on Fox Sports:
To play or not to play, that is the question. Before a major championship, that is. Tiger Woods, of course, is dead set against it, even if on those occasions when he has played before a major, he has won. (In 2007, he captured the Bridgestone and PGA back to back.) Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, played poorly at this year's Masters and will tell you it's because he didn't compete the week before. The man is sold on the playing-his-way-into-a-major philosophy. Adam Scott has gravitated to the Woods method, sometimes choosing to take two or three weeks off before a major championship. There's no mystery as to why he has leaned this way. "For the first 10 years, it didn't work," Scott said of his prep for the majors. "I had poor results." But since adopting the philosophy of more practice and less play, Scott has improved dramatically in majors. In his past 12 majors, dating to the 2010 British Open, Scott has seven top-15 finishes, in...
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