Adam Scott sure winning streak upcoming

BEN EVERILL
Last updated 14:57 19/09/2012

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Adam Scott says he's playing the best golf of his career and a string of victories is just around the corner despite being the only golfer in the world top 16 without a victory in 2012.

World No 5 Scott lines up at Atlanta's East Lake club this week for the lucrative Tour Championship, where the 30 best golfers on the US tour battle for not only the $US1.4 million winner's cheque and trophy but also the season-long FedEx Cup and its massive $US10 million ($NZ12.5 million) winner's bonus.

"Overall, my game's never been better," said Australian Scott ahead of Thursday's first round.

"I said that at times last year but I think it's continually improving and it's just hard to maybe believe it because I'm not winning at the moment.

"But I honestly believe all this good stuff is accumulating and there is going to be a big reward.

"I think there will be a hot stretch where I'll win a bunch because I know my game is as good as anyone's."

Scott's chances at the $US10 million ($12.5 million) might be small - he'd need to win the event he won in 2006 and have Rory McIlroy be 13th or worse, plus Tiger Woods fifth or worse, Nick Watney fourth or worse and Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker and Louis Oosthuizen third or worse.

While others might see Scott's year as a wasted opportunity, particularly after he blew a four-shot lead with just four holes to play in July's British Open, the 32-year-old says he's reached his goals.

On the US tour he has five top 10 finishes, two in majors, down from his seven top 10s and a win in 2011.

"It goes back to comparing your results to your goals from the start of the year," said Scott.

"A year and a half ago I decided to get more involved in the process of being more consistent in the majors and this year I certainly did that.

"I didn't win but that actually wasn't my goal. It was to play better and if a win came along that would have been awesome."

There is no denying Scott was better in the four major championships. In fact, in relation to par, he was the best of the 12 players who made the cut in all four.

Scott was a total of six-under par, with two top 10s and four top 15s in the big ones, two shots better than next best Graeme McDowell.

"Moving forward I will be setting the goal to win a major," Scott added.

"I really feel like my process to get there is in good shape. I've got some good stuff to work off now. The results this year prove that.

"Cumulatively I shot better than anyone in all four majors and I was one putt away on the last green at the US Open and PGA from a top 10 in all of them.

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"I have enjoyed the way I have gone about it the last year and a half a lot and it's been an enjoyable experience and a satisfying one but at some point you have to flick the switch back to winning, that's the way you are going to be world No 1.

"Now the short-term focus is back to this week and I'd really like to win just for the pure satisfaction of beating everybody.

"I still have five or six tournaments to play this year including this one and I feel like I can win a few of them the way I'm playing."

John Senden, who comes in ranked 29 of the 30 players in Fedex standings, is the only other Australian in the field.

- AAP

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