Smooth-swinging Scott raring for US Open

Adam Scott says spending the past five days practising at Pebble Beach before the US Open has only sharpened his good form.

adam scott of australia walks the ninth hole during the second round of the 2018 masters tournament at augusta national golf club in augusta georgia
ADAM SCOTT of Australia walks the ninth hole during the second round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

After almost a week of US Open practice at Pebble Beach, Adam Scott says his smooth swing has only improved since a ball-striking masterclass led to a runner-up finish in his most recent PGA Tour event.

A resurgent Scott jetted to California's iconic Pebble Beach just two days after finishing second at the Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial Tournament in Ohio recently.

It was Scott's fifth top-10 result, and second runner-up finish, from 12 US PGA Tour events this season.

In Ohio, Scott led the field for iron play and his 17-under-par total would have been good enough to win the previous eight editions of the Memorial.

The former world No.1 arrived at Pebble Beach on Wednesday and has been practising for the past five days.

On Sunday, Scott was smashing long, accurate drives and rifling laser-like irons into the iconic California course's greens in a clear display his form has remained sharp.

"I think my swing has gotten better since Memorial; I'm hitting the ball very nicely," Scott told AAP.

The 38-year-old has had a chance to win the past four major championships going back to last year's British Open, and shared the 36-hole lead at April's Masters.

He also tied for eighth at golf's most recent major, the US PGA Championship at New York's difficult Bethpage course.

Scott said the close calls on golf's biggest stage have only ignited a fire to add a second major title to his breakthrough 2013 victory at Augusta.

"Absolutely I'm still hungry; I've always based success in my career around winning and I've won a lot, except for the last few years," he said.

Scott has not fared well in the past two US Opens, missing the cut in both.

But Pebble Beach rewards supreme ball-strikers, such as Scott, given it has some of the smallest greens on the US PGA Tour

"It's clear my game is there, but I just have to let it unfold," Scott said.

"The US Open is one of golf's toughest tests and it's major you can't force a result at; you have to stick to your game plan and execute all week and I'm playing at a level where I can do that."


AAP