MELBOURNE: After almost four winless years since his triumph at the Genesis Invitational in 2020, former world number one Adam Scott is determined to end his drought at the upcoming Australian PGA Championship. Despite consistent play, Scott secured a tied-fifth finish at the recent Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
Nevertheless, the 43-year-old’s numerous close calls have evoked both frustration and motivation.
“While it’s satisfying to perform well… winning hasn’t come easy for me in the past few years,” remarked Australia’s lone Masters champion during a press briefing on Wednesday.
“Though I had a strong showing in Bermuda, it’s not the same as securing a victory. It’s challenging to replicate the confidence that comes from closing out a tournament and besting the entire field.”
This week, Scott features prominently at Royal Queensland, slightly overshadowed by compatriot Cameron Smith, the defending champion and British Open victor, in terms of attracting attention.
Scott clinched his initial Australian PGA Championship title during his prime a decade ago and added a second in 2019.
Barely eight weeks after securing victory in the 2019 tournament, he snapped a four-year dry spell on the U.S. PGA Tour with a triumph at the Genesis Invitational.
Naturally, Scott harbors the expectation that his home event can serve as the catalyst once again.
“I believe I possess all the skills needed to win more. I’m still in good health at 43 and moving well. Winning this week or the next (at the Australian Open) could act as a significant springboard.”
In the golfing divide brought about by LIV Golf, Scott and Smith find themselves on opposing sides. Scott, as the president of the U.S. tour’s players’ advisory council, stands on one side, while Smith aligns himself as a dedicated member of the Saudi-backed breakaway series.
In June, the rival golf circuits, along with the European DP World Tour, unveiled plans to merge, aiming to reconcile the sport’s longstanding division. While the merger is slated for ratification by year-end, ongoing scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department regarding anti-trust concerns has sparked apprehensions about potential delays.
Expressing uncertainty about the merger’s fate, Scott remarked, “It’s really hard to tell.” He noted, “There are four or five other interested parties looking to invest in the PGA Tour, such as PIF,” alluding to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. “So management has a significant task ahead to finalize deals on the table.”