Contending is not enough for title hungry Scott

Tue Aug 5, 2014 2:03pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) - It has been a case of so close and yet so far for Adam Scott this year as he has, for the most part, produced "really solid golf" without being rewarded with tournament wins.

The Australian, who lost his world number one ranking to Rory McIlroy after last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, has triumphed just once on the 2013-14 PGA Tour while racking up eight top-10s in 12 starts.

"My game is generally in good shape," Scott told reporters at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday ahead of this week's PGA Championship, the final major of the season.

"I wished I could have played a little better last week. I got to test my short game a little more than I would have liked, but it seemed to be up to the challenge, which is good.

"I think my swing is falling into a nice kind of rhythm here the last couple of days, so I'm excited for this week."

Scott, who tied for eighth at Firestone Country Club on Sunday as Northern Irishman McIlroy triumphed by two shots, has been generally happy with his form this year.

"I've been playing really solid golf this summer and not really got the result I want, which is a win," said the 34-year-old. "I just have to really put my head down and push through this week.

"Hopefully all aspects of my game are kind of firing, and they will need to be. A lot of the other players are playing some really great golf this summer, and ultimately it will come down to who makes the most putts.   Continued...

Adam Scott of Australia watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 20, 2014.    REUTERS/Toby Melville