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Adam Scott’s career has so far not turned out the way many had expected when he won the Players Championship at the age of 24 and the Tour Championship at the age of 26.
Scott has won just four tournaments since his Tour Championship title in 2006 and went more than two years without winning a single event between 2008 and 2010.
Some say that Scott took his eye off the proverbial ball for a period of time in the late 2000s which affected his game. Others say that virtually all of Scott’s struggles can be traced to that pesky little menace that has destroyed the careers of more than few highly talented ball-strikers—the putter.
However, Scott seems to have turned things around in recent years.
Between 2008 and 2010, he ranked between 178th and 186th on tour in strokes gained putting. Then, in early 2011, he got his hands on a crutch, ahem, sorry, a broomstick putter which he anchors to his chest and has managed to move up 40 sports in the strokes-gained-putting rankings.
Scott is obviously still not one of the better putters on tour. But when you are as good of a ball-striker as Scott and manage to move up 40 spots in the tour’s main putting statistics, you are going to have at least some success, and Scott has.
Scott has finished in the top-10 in four majors over the past two years. Out of those four majors, Scott had a legitimate chance to win two of them.
Scott came up just short in the 2011 Masters and, of course, suffered one of the worst meltdowns in recent memory at the 2012 Open Championship when he bogeyed his last four holes to lose to Ernie Els by a single stroke at Royal Lytham & St. Annes
In addition to his near-misses at the majors, Scott also won the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Scott has been finding himself on the leaderboards of one big tournament after another over the past two years. As talented as he is, one can only assume that it’s only a matter of time before he breaks through for his first major title.