Scott to miss summer for the first time in a decade

It might sound odd, but a hunger for success has led to Australian golf icon Adam Scott bypassing this year’s summer of golf Down Under.

The Queensland star is desperate to get back into the winners’ circle on the US PGA Tour and will dramatically change his schedule this year to see if he can fulfil that ambition.

Adam Scott Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Scott has played every summer in Australian since 2000 except for 2008 when a knee injury kept him sidelined.

Yet the popular former US Masters champion feels his Aussie fans deserved an explanation for his ‘no show’ this summer.

“It is a bit of a strange feeling to think I won’t be playing down there, because I have enjoyed it for so many years,” Scott told the AAP news network.

“Not playing in the World Cup (Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith will represent Australia) was an opportunity I had to take to give myself a break.”

“I just hope I’m not letting too many people down, but I feel fans deserve an explanation, because they have supported me so well throughout my career.”

Scott showed glimpses of his best form in two of this year’s majors, the British Open and the US PGA and the former world No.1 wants to cash in on that return to form and end a winless streak that now goes back to March 2016.

“I have very high expectations of myself; this year was a transition back into form and I take positives from teeing off on Sunday at the British Open and PGA Championship with a good chance to win,” Scott said.

“I played some great golf during the (American) summer but when the play-offs came around, I was running out of gas.”

“Hopefully I can get myself into a strong position from the Asia events and have freedom to use my schedule to focus on the 2019 majors and the Players Championship.”

Scott will be back in Australia next year, you can count on it, as he will be an integral part of the International team when the Presidents Cup returns to Royal Melbourne in 2019.