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Revitalized Scott defends Qatar title

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  • Australian Adam Scott defends his Qatar Masters title
  • Scott romantically linked with Hollywood actress Kate Hudson
  • World number two Sergio Garcia highest-ranked player in field
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(CNN) -- Adam Scott goes into Thursday's Qatar Masters bidding for his third win in three appearances at the European Tour event and staving off questions about his personal life.

Scott showed promise of improved form with second place in Hawaii.

Scott showed promise of improved form with second place in Hawaii.

The Australian shared second at last week's Sony Open in Hawaii where he was photographed on a beach with Hollywood actress Kate Hudson.

It was Scott's best performance since winning the Byron Nelson Championship last April and he admitted that he had been given a further reason to perform better.

"Something got me inspired to just work a little bit harder again," he told the Press Association.

Pressed further Scott replied: "I'm going to keep that to myself, actually, for the moment."

Golden Globe winner Hudson is the daughter of Goldie Hawn.

"I'm not here with her, but I know Kate," Scott admitted.

The world number 14 is returning to competitive action having injured his troublesome right knee after surfing before the Australian Open.

Scott, who won in Qatar last year after a closing course record 61, faces stiff opposition in the second leg of the "Gulf Swing" which culminates in next week's Dubai Desert Classic.

World number two Sergio Garcia is the highest ranked player in the 120-strong field, which also includes former champion Ernie Els, Henrik Stenson and Retief Goosen.

Last week's Abu Dhabi Championship winner Paul Casey also tees it up as he bids for back to back wins after a below-par 2008.

The three tournaments in the Gulf have drawn big names as the Tour's Race to Dubai and the $10 million prize money on offer at the season-ending event hots up.

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