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Adam Scott has had a dramatic turn around in form over the past 18 months. Scott is on a march to be the World’s Number 1 golfer by years end. An outlandish statement some of you may feel but if you look at his ranking chart it is difficult to argue against.

Throughout 2007 Scott was entrenched inside the Top 10 of the World Rankings. He won the Shell Houston Open by 3 shots and seemed to be on top of his game at the young age of 27. He banked approximately $3.4 million in prize money on the PGA’s FedEx Cup. In 2008 he shot a final round 61 to win the Qatar Masters by 3 strokes. From here it all started to unravel and people began to question if this young Australian really had what it takes to compete with the best over an extended period of time.

In July 2008 his World Ranking began to tumble and after suffering a knee injury he had to withdraw from the 2008 Australian Open. During this low point he actually dropped outside the World’s Top 50 and it appeared to be a long way back to the top. One of the most surprising events during this time was when Australian Golf Legend, Greg Norman, chose Scott to play in the President’s Cup.


With many people questioning the selection, Scott went away and prepared for the event with his brother in law and golf coach Brad Malons. It was this point that seemed to get Scott back on track and has now seen him work his way back inside the Top 10. It hasn’t just been a turn around in form, Scott looks like he is a much better golfer. His swing is different and he now oozes confidence on the course. He knows he can pull off the big shots and now he can really putt.

He changed his grip slightly to a weaker grip. This took him quite some time to get used to. His posture has also changed. If you look at the difference between his posture of 2008 and present day it is significantly different. Changes like this don’t happen over night. It takes lots of hard work to implement them. This hard work has paid off and has seen him win the Australian Open towards the end of 2009. In 2010 he finished inside the Top 20 on the US money list by banking more than $2.4 million. He won a third Singapore Open in November 2010. But it seems as though he is only just getting warmed up.

In 2011 he had his highest finish in a major where he tied for 2nd at the Masters. In August this year he shot a 65 to win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and cemented his place inside the World Top 10. Is this just another flash in the pan where we will see him drop again? Or is this the basis of a great golfer finding his swing and tearing the competition apart? It seems as though his swing is more solid and is one of the great swings on tour. The implementation of the long putter has made a large impact. It seems as though Adam Scott belongs at the top and is here to stay.


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