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  • Scott shot a 1-under 69 Sunday but was never in contention in the final round at Pinehurst. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Scott shot a 1-under 69 Sunday but was never in contention in the final round at Pinehurst. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Adam Scott had his best career finish in a U.S. Open on Sunday.  

Not that the top-ranked played in the world was exactly satisfied.

"It's a step in the right direction," said Scott who shot a final-round 69 to end his week 2 over and in a tie for eighth when he finished. "I felt like my game really came into a good spot today, so it would have been nice to have started the day under par and tried to make something happen. But you know, it was just a few too many errors throughout the first three rounds."

Scott's best previous finish in the national championship was a tie for 15th two years ago at The Olympic Club.

A pair of 73s sandwiched around a second-round 67 this week simply proved too much to overcome.

So was an at times spotty short game. Scott took 118 putts for the week, including 30 on Sunday.

He also hit just 64 percent of his fairways -- the field average was 70 -- and that included just six in the final round.

"Playing good and playing just OK at a U.S. Open is magnified 10 times from a normal tournament," Scott continued. "You can play OK and shoot under par elsewhere. Here, you play OK, you shoot 4- or 5-over and don't feel like you did too much wrong.

"It was the most generous week of a U.S. Open off the tee ever. Those were the biggest fairways you'll get. So I certainly felt good standing on tee boxes, like I could swing a bit more freely. I just got to play better."

The next chance for Scott -- who will retain his No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking -- to do so will come at next month's Open Championship at Hoylake.

He'll take the next few days off before heading to Europe for vacation and then onto Hoylake a few days early to prepare for the year's third major.

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