Date: December 06, 2017
Author: Golf Australia

Scott: My best is still to come

Adam Scott says his best years are ahead and that he'll bounce back up the world rankings in 2017.

After a rare winless season and missing last week's Australian PGA Championship cut at home on the Gold Coast, Scott maintains the lessons he has learnt will keep him in good stead in 2018.

Scott, ranked No.31 after starting the year at No.7, is unlikely to play again before the US PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club in February, meaning he's locked in his worst end-of-year ranking since at least 2009 (34) after starting 2017 at No.7.

But the 2013 Masters champion told AAP that nailing two American wins early in 2016 after a winless 2015 season taught him his form slumps don't last too long.

"You can sharpen your focus after a disappointing year," Scott said.

"You can really identify a few things that you might want to change or work on. These off-form years are also learning years.

"In 2015, it was a very similar kind of year for me.

"I had just played OK, but OK doesn't look very good amongst the best players in the world and then I came out in 2016 and really put it all together nicely."

Scott's best results during the 2017 US PGA Tour season were ties for sixth at the Players Championship and ninth at Augusta.

However, just four top-10s and nine top-25 results were not what the 13-time PGA Tour winner demands of himself.

"I've still got my best years ahead of me and my body is in great shape," the 37-year-old said.

"I'm looking forward to this next year for a lot of reasons. I think I've still got my best years ahead of me."

After a year of much travel and the birth of his second child, Scott said he'd revert to his preferred Bahamas base more regularly in 2018 as he looks to bag a second major crown that he's come so close to achieving.

"With a lot of disruptions to the schedule out of the way, I'm looking to get back to what I've been used to the past few years," he said.

"I'd like to have everything set in place next year to give myself a chance, because the standard of golf has lifted yet again and the guys are playing incredibly high levels for short stretches throughout the year.

"To get a win at the right time is going to be tough and you're going to really have to lift yourself to be part of that conversation."