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Adam Scott feels best yet to come - Golf Today

Adam Scott feels best yet to come

<div class="news_article"><p>Adam Scott is confident his best days are still ahead, even though almost three years have passed since he enjoyed a short reign as world number one.</p><p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="padding:0;margin:0;text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/679397308" target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">Embed from Getty Images</a></div><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.666667% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/679397308?et=KDcOXVMTSAB7XBQU8AxFeA&tld=co.uk&viewMoreLink=off&sig=J23sxR6yZ31pRYaEmM78rQZC5l7QvpU3SZTbYgRY4zc=&caption=true" width="594" height="396" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;" ></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p></div></p><p></p><p>As he heads to this week's Players Championship in Florida, where he burst onto the American golf scene with a win in 2004, Scott is working toward peaking for the business section of the season, after flirting with contention at the U.S. Masters where he finished equal ninth.</p><p>At 36, an age traditionally slightly past a player's peak, he has peace of mind that comes with having won a major, the 2013 Masters, and believes that being largely injury-free should allow him to continue playing well for many years.</p><p>&quot;I still feel like I've got a long window,&quot; the Australian world number 11 told Reuters at last week's Wells Fargo Championship, where he tied for 36th.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;ve at least won my first major. Five years ago there was definitely a sense of urgency because I hadn't won a major and I felt I was a good enough player to, and (was wondering) is it going to happen?</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m relatively stress-free, injury-free. I want (success) just as much as I wanted it before.&rdquo;</p><p>Scott spent 11 weeks as the world&rsquo;s top-ranked player, supplanting Tiger Woods in May 2014.</p><p>He is trying to juggle the demands of top-level golf with family life. He has a 2-year-old daughter, with Swedish wife Marie expecting their second child in August.</p><p>As much as he enjoys life at home during his time off, Scott admits to watching plenty of golf on television, and getting itchy feet when he watches his peers.</p><p>Long regarded as one of the premier long-game exponents, he says his short game has improved under the tutelage of Australian instructor Matt Ballard, even if it did not look like it at Augusta.</p><p>&ldquo;My short game was really sharp the first few events,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;At Augusta it wasn&rsquo;t as good as I would have liked but I put myself in some pretty tough spots too, so it&rsquo;s unfair to be too critical. I&rsquo;ve definitely seen some improvement.&rdquo;</p><p>Scott is older than the current top five in the world, and has watched with interest as Dustin Johnson has taken a grip on the number one ranking.</p><p>Johnson won three straight starts, before finishing tied second in the Wells Fargo Championship, despite being rusty after time off recovering from a fall that hurt his back and kept him out of the Masters.</p><p>But Scott observed that a golfer&rsquo;s place in the pantheon of greats was measured over a career, not a couple of months.</p><p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;s in a sweet spot at the moment where everything feels very easy and free, a place where we all occasionally get to,&rdquo; Scott said of Johnson.</p><p>&ldquo;But you&rsquo;ve got to keep it there for a few years and I did for a while but it&rsquo;s slowly getting back to where I&rsquo;d like it to be at the moment and hopefully I&rsquo;m back up challenging for some majors soon.&rdquo;</p></div>