August 11 2013
Scott finished in the top 5 in three of the year's four majors. (Lecka/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Collectively, no one was better than Adam Scott in the majors this year.
The Masters champion was a combined 2 over in the four tournaments, tying him with fellow Aussie Jason Day.
In the last two years, however, Scott was even better on the big stage after finishing last year's four majors in a combined 6 under.
Sunday at Oak Hill, he came up short in his bid for a second major championship. The Aussie would have joined a short list of players who have won the Masters and the PGA Championship in the same year that includes only Jack Nicklaus (twice), Jack Burke Jr. and Sam Snead.
Instead, Scott stumbled early, missing a par putt from a few feet on the opening hole.
He bounced back with three birdies and just one bogey over his next eight holes, but Scott could never find any consistency in his round, bogeyed two of his final three holes and shot even-par 70 to finish five back.
Still, he left Oak Hill feeling good about his game and his future.
"I'm peaking at the right times," said Scott, who has seven top 10s, including a win and two runner-up finishes, in his last dozen majors. "It's hard to stay there for four days and have the lead the whole time, but I feel like I'm improving still. I'm doing something right."
It started two years ago for Scott when he cut back on his schedule, changed to the long putter and added veteran caddie Steve Williams to the bag.
Said Scott, "I really feel like I've got the right program in place."