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Great Scott set to rise once more

Dec 19, 2017

Adam Scott’s victory in the 2013 Masters looked like being the catalyst for a few more major triumphs but the Aussie star has yet to return to the winner’s circle in any of the big four events.

The 37-year-old was a model of consistency following his Augusta triumph with six top-10 finishes in the next 10 majors, but since the 2015 Open Championship he has just one more to his name.

That was in the 2017 Masters and a share of 22nd at the Open was the best he had to show for his efforts in the other three this year.

Scott won twice on the PGA Tour in 2016 - at the Honda Classic and WGCCadillac Championship - but the latter remains his last victory and, from reaching the pinnacle of the world rankings in May 2014, he is now down at 31.

However, a glance at the Adelaide-born star’s swing suggests that there is still plenty to come as it remains a thing of beauty and one that commentators the world over eulogise about on a regular basis.

That is the reason why it seems inevitable that the Australian number three has what it takes to return to the top 10 and join the likes of compatriots Jason Day and Marc Leishman in the upper echelons of the sport.

There were some good signs during last season as ‘Scotty’ did manage four top-10s, but after missing the cut at the US Open his form fell away and, from a starting position of seventh in January, he ended up with his worst end-of-year ranking since 2009.

But far from being downbeat, the eight time Presidents Cup star is determined to bounce back and cited history as his reason for being optimistic, and punters interested in a flutter on the 2018 majors should check all the best sites available at Bethut.

Following a winless 2015, he returned to claim two titles early in the 2016 campaign and believes that players can sharpen their focus after a poor year and isolate the reasons why things are not working as they should.

Scott claimed his Green Jacket while using the now outlawed anchored putting technique and it seems obvious that the transition to the traditional flat stick may have played some part in his rankings slump.

That will surely improve with time especially as he looks set to revert to a longer putter and will need to adapt his stroke once again.

During the upcoming season he will not have to deal with this year’s welcome distraction of becoming a father once again and the extra travel that required.

Moving between homes on the Gold Coast, Bahamas and in Switzerland made it a topsy-turvy year logistically and he will revert to his Bahamas location in 2018 to add some stability to his life.

Confidence and belief are two vital ingredients for success and it seems as though the ever popular Aussie has both in spades after saying “I've still got my best years ahead of me and my body is in great shape”.

He is realistic enough to acknowledge that the golfing world has moved on over the last few years and players such as Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas have emerged to change the landscape.

But class is permanent and, with everything now in place, there seems no reason why Scott should not be back challenging for the biggest events once again.