Scott ends ‘pretty good year’ with 3rd at Aussie PGA

For a man who sets his sights firmly on the Majors, Adam Scott could be forgiven for being disappointed in a year where one of the big four failed to come his way.

Far from the contrary however, Scott ended his 2016 campaign with a third place finish behind Harold Varner III at the Australian PGA at RACV Royal Pines and promptly declared 2016 to be ‘a pretty good year’.

Adam Scott Adam Scott (Credit: PGA Australia)

“I won a World Golf Championship and a PGA TOUR event in back-to-back weeks, it was a strong PGA Tour event too at the Honda.”

“Of course, like everyone who’s not No. 1 in the world, I could have gotten more out of my year. I believe I could have and they’re good signs for the future. I just need to keep my levels high and with a few minor adjustments, hopefully capitalise on some more good play next year.”

The world number seven even contemplated the prospect of realigning his schedule and energies with a view to getting back to the zenith of the World Rankings, a position he last held during 2014.

“It’s (my focus) always been the Majors but maybe I’ll change my tune about that and aim to be No.1. If I set my sights at that, there’s a good chance good things might happen.”

Scott’s five-under 67 on another windy Sunday at Royal Pines – ‘my best round of the week’ – saw him finish at 15-under but four behind the rampant Varner III, whose 65 was the round of the day and helped him capture the first professional win of his career after losing this event in a playoff in 2015.

The pair embraced as Varner III approached the scorer’s tent and by this stage, Scott was already relishing the prospect of being at home in Australia on a break for the better part of the next two months.

“My first event back will be the Singapore Open in late January which will kick start my year before I head back to the States.”

“The clubs will be away for a couple of weeks and if they’re not too rusty by Christmas, I might get them out and shake some of the rust off. I’ll just play around for fun and get serious once the New Year starts.”

“I need a good break for lots of reasons but it would be good to not play too much before the New Year.”

“It’s a good time to be at home, I’m really looking forward to it.”