In 2016, Adam Scott played 20 PGA TOUR events. He won two – back-to-back wins at the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship – and finished second in two others. That all those top-notch results happened by mid-March doesn’t diminish his overall incredible year.
This year, to be fair, Scott is struggling greatly by comparison. However, he’s still got eight top-25 finishes in just 13 TOUR starts. Those are numbers that most pros would be jealous of, but when it comes to a former No. 1, it loses some luster.
Scott could use a pick-me-up run in this late portion of the season, especially with the FedEx Cup Playoffs right around the corner. Enter Firestone Country Club and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Scott, the 2011 champion at Firestone, has five career top-ten finishes in 14 total starts. Four of those have come since 2010, so the experience factor is definitely working in his favor.
The 37-year-old Scott has shown some flashes of brilliance in big events in 2017. He managed to finish tied for ninth at Augusta despite bookending his week with an opening 75 and a closing 73. He also put together a steady run at TPC Sawgrass, finishing tied for sixth at The PLAYERS Championship, just five back of winner Si Woo Kim.
Scott may not be at the front of everybody’s minds this year, but doubting his talents in a slightly down year would be a huge mistake.