Scott's performance in majors has improved
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Adam Scott's struggles in majors were inexplicable considering his standing as a world-class player. He's starting to become a consistent contender in golf's Grand Slam events, though.
"The last couple years have certainly showed dramatic improvement in my results in majors," said Scott, the world's No. 7 player. "I feel like I've got all the boxes ticked and it's down to execution. ... I'd like to think I'm doing the right things and I'm going to get myself in that position again a couple times this year in the big ones and hopefully get over the line."
Scott had gone four years with a top-10 in a major before finishing second at the 2011 Masters. He's had two major top-10s in each of the past two seasons, also finishing seventh at the 2011 PGA, eighth at last year's Masters and second at the Open Championship after finishing with four consecutive bogeys.
Scott finished ninth in his Masters debut in 2002, but didn't finish in the top 20 in his next seven appearances. He finished 18th in 2010, and though he wasn't in contention, he said it was an important result, one that set up his success in the next two years. He called 2010 his "turning point" at Augusta National, where he's trying to become the first Australian to win a major.
"I played so nicely in 2010 and just found a level of comfort on the tees and into the greens, and even around the greens and just got my eye in with the golf course, and then that showed up in 2011," Scott said. He was runner-up to Charl Schwartzel, who birdied the final four holes to pass Scott and Jason Day, in 2011. He made a hole-in-one on No. 16 in the final round last year, en route to a 66 that jumped him from 32nd to eighth.