Adam Scott admits surrendering chances to win several majors in recent years have weighed on him, but the 2013 Masters winner is using them as motivation to claim a second green jacket at Augusta National this week.
On the eve of the 83rd Masters, a defiant Scott expressed some disbelief that he was not already a multiple major champion – which no Australian has managed in the men's game since Greg Norman won a second British Open title in 1993.
The sublimely talented Scott's close calls at the majors include the two most recent championships.
He played in the final group and briefly held the lead at the US PGA Championship in August and also started Sunday at the British Open well in contention.
The former world No.1 said it was time to add another major to his legacy.
“It would mean a lot at this point in my career. Certainly, certainly off the back off the last two major performances,” Scott told AAP at Augusta on Wednesday.
RIGHT: Scott’s closest call came at the 2012 Open Championship at Lytham. PHOTO: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images.
“Let's be honest ... there are quite a few where I put myself in contention a few years ago and didn't pull it off.”
Scott's nearest misses have been at The Open, where he surrendered a four-shot lead in the final four holes in 2012 before finishing third, fifth and 10th in the next three Opens.
“I led The Open three times with five holes to go and never won it ... I feel like I should be a multiple major winner,” Scott said.
“Those who win multiple majors take a different step in their legacy; I definitely feel that's where I should be and I wouldn't be satisfied unless I was in that (category).”
In the midst of coaching and scheduling changes, Scott experienced some lean years, with his overall winless drought stretching back to March 2016.
“When you're working hard and not playing good, it's easy to go lose your mind and fall off the face of the earth. That has been done before,” he said.
But the 38-year-old has come through the other side and feels on the cusp of another great stretch of golf.
“I think I'm about to hit it like I know I can ... I can really strike it with the best of them when I'm on my game and I'm so close to seeing that,” he said.
Scott will tee off on Thursday in the first round at Augusta as a serious chance to win.
With a runner-up result and another top-10 on the PGA Tour this year – as well as a tie for 12th at the elite Players Championship – Scott has climbed back up the rankings to World No 29.
Most importantly, Scott has an intangible level of comfort having already donned Augusta's coveted green jacket.
His record at Augusta includes a runner-up among five top-10s and nine top-25s in 17 Masters.
“There is no more anxiety or stress about breaking through; there certainly is a comfort level playing here as a past champion,” he said. “Hopefully I can use my experience to win another one this week.”
-Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press