World No. 1 Adam Scott is ready to continue his excellent play in the major championships. Since 2011, he has seven top-10 finishes including a win at the 2013 Masters. Pinehurst No. 2 reminds Scott of the Sandbelt courses in Australia, which may help him improve on his career best T15 at the U.S. Open.
During the pre-tournament press conference, Scott spoke about his lack of success at the U.S. Open, “It’s hard to put a finger on a lot of it. I’ve talked to you all about ten years of playing pretty average, by my own expectations in Majors, and tried to improve that the last few years, and I think I’ve done a good job.”
He added his improvement in the Open hasn’t been the same, “But maybe not quite as good at the U.S. Open. However, I felt, at Olympic, I played very well the last 60 holes or so, after a really bad start on Thursday. And the confidence grew last year. I battled a little bit, maybe it’s coincidence that I haven’t had my best stuff at a U.S. Open. But I certainly feel like where my game’s at now, and the past few years, I should be able to compete here. I’m trying to build a game that can play anywhere. So it’s a good week for me to kind of turn the corner and get in contention. I think this course sets up well to me.”
Adam has the long game to compete at the U.S. Open, but he understands his short-game will be tested, “Everyone is going to miss a few more greens this week than they’re used to. So they better be ready for that. And patience will be tested. But certainly these chipping areas provided you with a lot of different options on how to play a shot. So imagination is going to be a big thing.”
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)