It wasn’t the finish he wanted but Adam Scott will take plenty of confidence from a top-20 finish at the Valspar Championship.
With the Masters just three weeks away the 2013 champion continued his quest to find form ahead of the year’s first major and after a Saturday 66, he is seeing progress.
Scott teed up for just the fourth time since the New Year but says while his statistics don’t yet suggest it, his game is close.
“Honda was really good with the exception of two holes on Thursday,” he said after the third round at Innisbrook.
“And now I'm trying to keep some momentum going. Yesterday (Friday) was not exactly what I wanted but it was important to come out today and do that (make putts).
“So, you know, I'm kind of on track. Good day tomorrow and I feel like I can take a lot of confidence to Bay Hill and maybe get right in it from Thursday, Friday next week.”
Scott was one of seven Australasians to tee up at the notoriously difficult Copperhead Course and finished the week T16 after a final round of 1-over 72.
That followed rounds of 70-73-66 in a week where his statistics in all categories were less than he would have wanted.
His usual solid ball striking was not up to its usual standards with just 38 per cent of fairways hit for the week and 66 per cent of greens. However, given the numbers his scores were more than respectable.
Cameron Smith, Rod Pampling and Aaron Baddeley were the other three to make the cut though none managed to finish in red figures for the 72 holes.
Smith was next best behind Scott at 1-over for the week and T46 though much was lost in the last three holes Sunday.
Having stood on the 16th tee on 2-under for the week and inside the top-20 the reigning Australian PGA champion three-putted to drop a shot then missed the par-3 17th long and left.
From there he took two shots to find the putting surface and left his bogey putt agonisingly short to go from under par to over par in the blink of an eye.
Aaron Baddeley was a shot further back than Smith at 2-over and T49 while Rod Pampling was 3-over and T59.
Greg Chalmers, Geoff Ogilvy and Danny Lee all missed the cut after struggling in the opening two rounds.
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