World ranking (current/end of year)
Current 2020 Stats
FedEx Cup Rank: 20th
Top 10: 1
Top 25: 3
Made Cut: 6
Off-The-Tee: 121st (2019: 43rd, 2018: 44th, 2017: 21st)
Approach: 50th (2019: 4th, 2018: 8th, 2017: 17th)
Around The Green: 8th (2019: 10th, 2018: 64th, 2017: 91st)
Putting: 71st (2019: 31st, 2018: 165th, 2017: 128th)
Tee-To-Green: 26th (2019: 4th, 2018: 16th, 2017: 16th)
Total: 20th (2019: 3rd, 2018: 39th, 2017: 23rd)
Scott has usually been easy to categorize during his career - an elite-ball striker, who couldn't putt. He ranked outside the top 125 for SG: Putting for four straight years from 2015-2018 and was inside the top 100 just once (2014) for SGP between 2008 and 2018. The last two years? A vastly-improved 31st last season and a solid-enough 71st this time - an obvious reason why he's climbed back into the world's top ten after dropping to 76th in the summer of 2018. Recent short-game improvements are also shown in his Around The Green numbers this season and last although, so far in 2020, his ball-striking (particularly OTT) hasn't been as consistently sharp. That said, the Aussie gave a reminder of his long-game prowess when winning the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February.
Grade so far: B-
Adam Scott 2020 quotes
Genesis Invitational (after securing his first win since 2016): “My career is in a good spot, I guess. You know, even before winning this week, I feel like physically and somewhat mentally I'm okay after 20 years out here. You know, I really do believe if I can maintain motivation and focus, the next five years can be my best years on tour. But it's easy to say those things, it's very hard to do. Maintaining that focus and that drive for long periods of time isn't easy, but I think I need that to achieve everything, to leave the game satisfied at some point. But they're pretty lofty goals, so this is a good start. It's one week out of the next five years.”
Genesis Invitational (on turning around his short game): “I just got a little bit creative. About 18 months ago I was fooling around a little bit doing kind of some silly stuff by the green and my coach said, 'Look, as silly as that might feel and you're messing around, it actually looks like it's in a really good position to hit shots from so just keep fooling around,' and that's kind of evolved into what I'm doing now. It's not very technical at all, it's just a feeling in my right arm and that was it. It was great last year and my confidence has gone up because I've performed better with it. I've chipped away at the putting. The putting has always been something that's temperamental with me, certainly mentally, but I think I've found what works well for me in the way I practice my putting and also in the type of putter that I'm using.”
Genesis Invitational (on his work ethic): “I'm putting the time in, for sure. I think I'm doing it in a much calmer way that's much more effective and productive when I am practicing. For sure I think it's taken me a couple years to kind of figure out how to balance everything going on and try and play at the top level.”
THE PLAYERS Championship (on his good health): "I think I'm just as capable physically, I mean, I've been fairly fortunate, I haven't really had injury setbacks or anything bothering me from playing golf and I've always been conscious of keeping my body in a good spot and I've worked with good people on that. So I feel physically I'm very capable of playing top-level golf right now."
THE MAJORS (most recent result on the left)
The Masters: 18-32-9-42-38-14-1-8-2-18
Scott is a perfect 10-for-10 at Augusta National since 2010, the highlight his victory in 2013. In six of the other nine he's been in the top 20 so has been a great pick in the year's first major. As he said last year: "I've talked a lot about kind of being at peace with the golf course and understanding it can give you a lot. It can take it away as well, but certainly I feel like there's a lot of good karma if you treat it right out there. Fred Couples played great around here for some years, a past champion, a lot of past champions have a great rapport with this golf course and I think I kind of get that feeling too, so it does give you a little pump."
PGA Championship: 8-3-61-18-MC-15-5-22-7-39
Scott has four top tens in the last ten years (see above) and six overall. Two of those have come in the last two years, third at Bellerive and T8 at Bethpage, so this has been a good major for him. With the 2020 edition set to be held in California, it's worth noting his impressive recent record out west. In his last six starts in the Golden State, he has a win (Riviera, 2020), a second (Torrey Pines) and two other top sevens, including T7 in the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. One possible negative is that he lost all three Group matches at Harding Park when this year's PGA venue staged the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play.
U.S. Open: 7-MC-MC-18-4-9-45-15-MC-MC
Traditionally, this has been's Scott's 'worst' major. He's 16-for-18 at The Masters, 15-for-19 in the PGA and 15-for-20 at The Open Championship but just 10-for-18 in this one. Just a single top 5, three top tens and six top 25s also represent category-lows in any major. However, there's a positive spin. All Scot's top tens have come in the last six years so he's figured something out and has become a worthwhile pick.
Open Championship: MC-17-22-43-10-5-3-2-25-27
Scott had a superb run in this event from 2012 to 2015 with three top fives and a further top ten. Of course, it includes his second place at Lytham when four clear with four four to play. A strong player in the wind, he summed up his enjoyment of the event in 2016: "It's just a good feeling coming to The Open knowing that I can play Open Championship golf." As for this year's venue, Royal St. George's, the 39-year-old missed the cut in 2003 but was T25 in 2011.