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  • Adam Scott has just two top-25s in 12 U.S. Open appearances. (Getty Images/Streeter Lecka) Adam Scott has just two top-25s in 12 U.S. Open appearances. (Getty Images/Streeter Lecka)

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Adam Scott has been a consistent presence on leaderboards at major championships over the past few years. Except at the U.S. Open. Scott can't put a finger on why that is, though. 

"Maybe it's coincidence that I haven't had my best stuff at a U.S. Open," Scott said. "But I certainly feel like where my game's at now, and the past few years, I should be able to compete here. I'm trying to build a game that can play anywhere. So it's a good week for me to kind of turn the corner and get in contention. I think this course sets up well to me."

Scott, who's No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has just two top-25s in 12 starts in the U.S. Open. He's missed the cut in half his starts. A T15 at Olympic Club is his best finish. Scott has posted multiple top-10s in each major, except the U.S. Open, since 2011. He's finished in the top 15 in 10 of the past 13 majors, but only once at the U.S. Open.

Could that change this week? The shaved areas around the greens and the scruffy, unkempt waste areas off Pinehurst's fairways reminds Scott of courses in Australia's Sand Belt.

"There are obviously similarities, because there are options," Scott said. "I think that's what all those courses give you when you're just off the surface. You have options on how to play it. They're all very demanding, here maybe the most. It's hard to say, depending which area you miss it in. There are some areas which you really don't want to find yourself and then there are some other areas which are fairly playable and you'll get away with missing. Everyone is going to miss a few more greens this week than they're used to. So they better be ready for that. And patience will be tested."

SCOTT'S RECENT MAJOR FINISHES

  Masters U.S. Open British Open PGA
2014 T14      
2013 1 T45 T3 T5
2012 T8 T15 2 T11
2011 T2 CUT T25 7

 

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