World No.1 Adam Scott insists he is determined to capitalise on the ‘some of the best golf of my life’ by winning this week’s Open Championship.
Scott, who made his long-awaited major breakthrough at the 2013 Masters, is one of the bookmakers’ favourites to win at Royal Liverpool this week, and with good reason. In his last 14 majors, the 33-year-old Aussie has racked up seven top tens in addition to that win at Augusta. He has also managed eight top tens in 12 PGA Tour events so far this season.
Consequently, it would surprise nobody to see him lift the Claret Jug on Sunday night and, understandably, Scott’s own expectations are high.
“I’m playing some of my best golf at the moment and I don’t how long that’s going to last, so I’ve got to try and take advantage of that and win all the events that I’d really love to win,” he said. “This is certainly one of them. I’ve given myself a couple of opportunities and haven’t done it. I think maybe the third time you have to do it or it might not come back around.”
"Lytham proved to me that I’ve got what it takes to win." - Adam Scott
Scott was referring to missed opportunities in each of the last two years. At Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012, he hand one hand on the trophy coming down the stretch on Sunday afternoon only to bogey the last four holes and lose by a shot to Ernie Els. Then, last year, he spurned another glorious opportunity with a disappointing one-over 72 in score-making conditions on the final day to finish four shots adrift of champion Phil Mickelson.
Far from being beaten up by those experiences, however, Scott insists his determination to win and belief that he can have never been stronger.
“Lytham proved to me that I’ve got what it takes to win,” he revealed. “It was obviously not the finish there but it gave me confidence that I had the game to win an Open Championship.
“I figured I must be doing some of the right things to put myself in that position. Next time I had a chance, at Augusta, I was able to get over the line and I’d like to just keep giving myself those chances. The more I do, I’ll win some and I’ll lose some but, hopefully, the wins add up.”
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