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Scott: My best is still to come

Adam Scott
Adam Scott in action at the Australian PGA last week.

Adam Scott says his best years are ahead and that he'll bounce back up the world rankings in 2017.

After a rare winless season and missing last week's Australian PGA Championship cut at home on the Gold Coast, Scott maintains the lessons he has learnt will keep him in good stead in 2018.

Scott, ranked No.31 after starting the year at No.7, is unlikely to play again before the US PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club in February, meaning he's locked in his worst end-of-year ranking since at least 2009 (34) after starting 2017 at No.7.

But the 2013 Masters champion told AAP that nailing two American wins early in 2016 after a winless 2015 season taught him his form slumps don't last too long.

"You can sharpen your focus after a disappointing year," Scott said.

"You can really identify a few things that you might want to change or work on. These off-form years are also learning years.

"In 2015, it was a very similar kind of year for me.

"I had just played OK, but OK doesn't look very good amongst the best players in the world and then I came out in 2016 and really put it all together nicely."

Scott's best results during the 2017 US PGA Tour season were ties for sixth at the Players Championship and ninth at Augusta.

However, just four top-10s and nine top-25 results were not what the 13-time PGA Tour winner demands of himself.

"I've still got my best years ahead of me and my body is in great shape," the 37-year-old said.

"I'm looking forward to this next year for a lot of reasons. I think I've still got my best years ahead of me."

After a year of much travel and the birth of his second child, Scott said he'd revert to his preferred Bahamas base more regularly in 2018 as he looks to bag a second major crown that he's come so close to achieving.

"With a lot of disruptions to the schedule out of the way, I'm looking to get back to what I've been used to the past few years," he said.

"I'd like to have everything set in place next year to give myself a chance, because the standard of golf has lifted yet again and the guys are playing incredibly high levels for short stretches throughout the year.

"To get a win at the right time is going to be tough and you're going to really have to lift yourself to be part of that conversation."


Posted by Frank Duin at
30/04/2018 09:15 PM
Would love to see him back on top but he needs to learn how to putt. His Achilles heel.
Posted by Bob Gee at
14/03/2018 10:09 AM
Its often said both in sport and general performance you play as you practice and for mine I'd like to see Adam play more regularly in tournaments to enhance the competitive abilities we all know he is capable of producing.
Posted by John at
23/02/2018 11:30 AM
Duncan, achievement at the elite level in golf is measured by the number of majors won when the heat is on. There is a large list of names well in front of Norman in terms of the number of majors won. Greg Norman has been and remains a high achiever but he definitely under-achieved on the majors scoreboard which was a great shame given his other feats.
Posted by Duncan at
21/02/2018 06:35 PM
Greg Norman was world number one (1) for 331 weeks in his career and was PGA leading money winner for 86, 90 and 95. 2 Majors and 20 wins on US Tour and 14 on European Tour. I mean come on...if any of Day, Scott or others can better that then let me know. Plus for the last 10 years of his career he was building a $100m plus business empire. Time we put all of these things in perspective.
Posted by John at
20/02/2018 10:21 AM
It is difficult to consider our first ever Masters winner an under-achiever but I believe unless he steps up in the next few years and matching his own prophecy about his best years still ahead, then he will rightly be compared with Norman for not matching the hype. As it stands currently, Adam doesn't compare alongside of McIlroy, Spieth, Johnson and to a lesser extent, Day. A travesty for such a talented golfer.
Posted by Steve at
30/01/2018 09:30 AM
In my view putting will always be Adam's weakness. I will be surprised, but happy, if he wins a major this year.
Posted by Susan at
21/01/2018 03:00 PM
Definitely more tournaments Adam better for you and great for fans Go back to normal putter😜
Posted by Ian at
12/12/2017 11:09 AM
I get Adam has set his schedule to perform at his best at the Majors and its questionable if that's worked over the past couple of seasons. I think strong performances in more PGA events is critical to strong showings in the Majors.
Posted by sid at
08/12/2017 10:28 AM
Yes, his schedule does not appear to lend itself to finding and maintaining hot form and if only he could putt..............
Posted by Anthea at
07/12/2017 07:33 AM
I think that will depend on how many tournaments he intends to play. For whatever reason his schedule seems to have been a little light on of recent times. I think we’d all love to see him on our screens and taking back his mantle at the pointy end of the rankings ladder.

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