Adam Scott enters 92nd straight major just as confident as when he started

PINEHURST, N.C. — He has every little thing and doesn’t want to do that — persevering with the grind at age 43.

Not with 14 profession PGA Tour victories, together with a Masters inexperienced jacket, generational wealth and magazine-cover beauty.

Yet Adam Scott refuses to relent, as a result of he nonetheless thinks he has it in him, nonetheless burns to win and doesn’t thoughts the grind.

That’s why he’s taking part in in his 92nd consecutive major championship this week within the U.S. Open at Pinehurst — the longest energetic streak within the recreation.

That’s why, after taking part in 5 PGA Tour occasions in a row, Scott was within the 36-hole sectional qualifier discipline in Columbus, Ohio, final Monday making an attempt to safe a spot into this week’s discipline.

Adam Scott of Australia plays his shot from the seventh tee during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open.
Adam Scott of Australia performs his shot from the seventh tee in the course of the first spherical of the RBC Canadian Open. Getty Images

Scott misplaced in a playoff, however at 61st within the Official World Golf Rankings (the highest 60 are exempt), he acquired into the sector partly as a result of Grayson Murray, who was ranked 59th, was faraway from the checklist after his demise by suicide on May 25.

“I just love golf,’’ Scott informed The Post on Monday after a prolonged session on the follow vary. “That’s all I understand how to do. That’s all I’ve ever finished. These are the largest tournaments there are, and regardless that my recreation hasn’t been stellar the final couple of years, I nonetheless consider I belong right here and that I’ve the power to nonetheless win any given week.

“It doesn’t just occur, in fact.’’

Not with out the type of ardour and energy Scott continues to pour into this.

In the historical past of the game solely 18 gamers have performed in 100 major championships. Of these 18, solely Jack Nicklaus, with 146 in a row, has performed in additional than 100 straight.

Scott is already certified for subsequent month’s British Open at Royal Troon and he has a lifetime exemption to the Masters as a previous champion (2013), so his streak will attain at the very least 94 straight by subsequent April, barring unexpected circumstances. The streak started on the 2001 British Open at Royal Lytham.

“I used to be a freshman in highschool in 2001 and now I’m 37 years previous,’’ Bill Horschel informed The Post. “That just reveals you the way spectacular Adam’s profession has been and the expertise that he has. He nonetheless believes he’s ok to win a major, and he nonetheless is.

“Even although the Aussie mentality is type of laid again, he has a fireplace and want that also believes he can compete and win out right here. You’ve acquired to present kudos to a man like that who may just relaxation on his laurels.’’

Adam Scott of Australia waves on the second green during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open.
Adam Scott of Australia waves on the second inexperienced in the course of the second spherical of the RBC Canadian Open. Getty Images

Fellow gamers have been reaching out to Scott this week praising him for conserving the streak alive.

After Scott’s follow session on Monday, he was within the locker room and ran into world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who gained the Memorial on Sunday — his fifth victory within the final eight begins.

“Congratulations on the win,’’ Scott informed Scheffler.

“Congratulations on conserving your streak alive,’’ Scheffler responded.

“I’d moderately have your streak than mine,’’ Scott informed Scheffler with a smile.

“Consistency is one thing that I revered and revered as a child rising up within the recreation the place my dad taught me every little thing … and I feel might be much less so at the moment, as a result of we live right away world,’’ Scott mentioned earlier.

Scott, who enters this week with just one top-10 end this 12 months, is aware of in his coronary heart he ought to have gained extra majors in his profession. He, too, is aware of his limitations and is self-deprecating about them.

“I can’t do the identical stuff as I did 10 years in the past, however I see stuff on the golf course that makes me impressed to maintain doing it,’’ Scott mentioned. “It’s not prefer it’s horrible. I’d name it constantly common in the meanwhile.’’

Asked if he ever imagined taking part in in 92 consecutive majors, Scott mentioned, “The dreamer in me would have believed it. If you requested me in 2005 that I’d play all these majors, I’d have mentioned, ‘Yeah,’ as a result of I’d have informed you I’d have gained all of them by this time.’’

Max Homa marveled at Scott’s relentless grind.

“I’ve turn into enamored with Adam Scott’s ardour for golf,’’ Homa informed The Post. “He’s very into it. He’s not lazy within the least and when he performs dangerous, he’s pissed. He’s had rounds I’ve seen the place he performed dangerous and he goes to the gymnasium and just will get after it. I don’t suppose you may train that.’’

Fellow Aussie Cam Smith referred to as Scott “most likely one of many hardest working guys out right here.’’

“He does all the best stuff and doesn’t appear to be he’s slowing down anytime quickly,’’ Smith informed The Post. “So, I wouldn’t count on that 92 quantity to be the top.’’

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