Adam Scott: Breaking Down Australian's Chances at Remaining Majors in 2013
Australian Adam Scott finally broke his majors' curse with victory at the 2013 Masters—defeating Argentinian Angel Cabrera in an epic two-hole playoff.
Scott showed tremendous courage and focus to hang on for the win in fading light and driving rain, and he deserves all the accolades that have come his way.
Yet for Scott, the green jacket won at Augusta National is not the end, it merely is the latest step in his quest to become one of the world's top golfers. And judging by his 2013 performances, it seems he's well on his way.
Scott has several top 10 finishes and has missed just one cut in his last 21 tournaments. With a new-found confidence that comes from winning a major, expect the Australian to be tough to beat and a threat for the three remaining majors in 2013—the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship, respectively.
How will the first majors' winner of 2013 fare in the other three this year?
Read on and find out.
U.S. Open—June 13-16, Merion Golf Club
History hasn't been too kind to Scott at the U.S. Open. The Australian has missed the cut six times in the last decade and has not shot a sub-par finish in his time at the hallowed event.
Scott drove at just 41 percent accuracy last year and is seemingly in a difficult position to challenge for this year's title given the venue at Merion—a course that, historically, suits those with a strong par-four game and short-iron style.
That simply isn't Scott, who revels on the longer holes—as shown by his poor numbers on par-four holes in 2012. Barring a minor miracle and a change in his short-iron game, it's difficult to see Scott being competitive against some of the premier short-game players in the world.
British Open Championship—July 18-21, Muirfield Golf Club
Scott's longer-iron game should find better traction at Muirfield.
The Australian was seemingly destined to take home the British Open title in 2012 at Royal Lytham, but thanks to a final round 75, he saw the title slip away. However, he did play superbly for three rounds and should take confidence that he can do the same again this year—especially now that he has shown he can finish strong in the final round of a major.
After missing three of his first four cuts at the British Open, Scott has recorded several solid showings at the event with a number of low rounds.
And if he can combine four low rounds here—without any brain snaps such as 2012—we could see a big challenge come from the Australian in 2013.
PGA Championship—August 8-11, Oak Hill Country Club
A par-70 format, the PGA Championship has been Scott's best majors' breeding ground outside Augusta, and it seems likely that he'll continue his success here.
Scott has only missed the cut three times in a decade at the PGA, and he has recorded four top-10 finishes at Oak Hill. What's more, he rarely shoots bad rounds there, and if he can pull off one of his customary low-scoring rounds early, he could find himself in a strong position for the title.
The Australian dominated on the par-fives last year at Oak Hill (as usual), and will look to use that to carry him toward a strong showing in 2013.
Out of the remaining majors, this is Scott's most likely for success.
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