December 28 2013
With the PGA TOUR set to resume its 2013-14 season the first week of January, PGATOUR.COM is previewing the top 30 players to watch heading into the new year. We'll count down one a day in December until we unveil our No. 1 player to watch on Dec. 30, the Monday of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Check out this preview of No. 3 Adam Scott and join the discussion below on how you think he'll perform in 2014. Click here for more on the top 30 players to watch in 2014.
NO. 3 PLAYER TO WATCH: ADAM SCOTT
2014 OUTLOOK: It's hard to imagine a more fulfilling season than what Adam Scott put together in 2013. That said, his major breakthrough at the Masters, coupled with a tie for third at the Open Championship and share of fifth at the PGA show there is more to come from the Aussie and he'll enter 2014 as a favorite wherever he plays. Not unlike Steve Stricker and his abbreviated schedule, Scott seems to have found the formula that works for him and enables him to play his best golf at key times. In his last 12 major championships, Scott has seven top 10s. Interestingly, though, none have come at the U.S. Open. His win at Augusta National elicited an uncharacteristic and unbridled show of emotion from Scott, who became the first Australian to win the Masters after his mentor Greg Norman's series of near-misses there. Don't be surprised by a successful title defense. -- Helen Ross
THUS FAR THIS SEASON: Scott did not play in any of the fall events on the PGA TOUR's 2013-14 wrap-around schedule. He did win the Australian PGA and Talisker Masters in consecutive weeks in November, though, then finished third at the ISPS Handa World Cup, rebounding from an opening 75 with three rounds in the 60s. He and Jason Day won the team portion of that event by 10 strokes.
Demands a top spot on full-season rosters even though he hasn't logged more than 16 starts in either of the last two seasons. His efficiency also makes it easy for limited-start formats to be aggressive. -- Rob Bolton
|ON THE MARK
Enormously talented and built to swing a golf club, Adam Scott is a beautiful swinger and a superb striker of the ball. His recent fulfillment of his vast potential is in my opinion the product of him being able to consistently convert on the greens. If anything I believe his win at Augusta National has galvanized his confidence in himself and if he can carry that confidence into the other departments of his short game (where he tends to lack) he would be as close to the complete player as any in the game. -- Mark Immelman
He is a long ball, high ball hitter who is playing with lots of enthusiasm and confidence. I can’t think of a course that doesn’t suit his game at this juncture of his career. Scott is still a better ball-striker than he is a putter and for that reason I like a difficult course as opposed to a birdie fest. Adam is very comfortable playing in windy conditions and the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio should fit all those requirements. -- Fred Albers
|INSIDE THE NUMBERS
For the first time since 2007, Scott broke the baseline in strokes gained-putting, gaining shots on the field instead of losing them. He finished 102nd in SGP, picking up just .001 on the field average. But that’s much better than years past, when he was losing almost a full shot. He also ranked fifth in putting from 15 to 20 feet, making 22 of 84 putts. -- Bill Cooney