Adam Scott will be looking to make an already superb season even better by becoming the first Australian to win the US Open since Geoff Ogilvy in 2006. Victory for the 35-year-old would also make him one of only four Australians several majors.
Scott began his PGA Tour season with a runner-up finish at the CIMB Classic and another top-10 at the Hero World Challenge to close out 2015. The Adelaide-born golfer found a hot streak in February and March and finished one shot adrift of the winner at the Northern Trust Open before winning the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship in consecutive weeks.
The form helped Scott rocket to the top of the FedEx Cup standings, to which he added top-20 performances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Wells Fargo Championship and Players Championship.
Scott, after ending last year outside the top-10 in the world, he has firmly entrenched himself inside it this year.
Every Australian golf fan will remember him holding off Angel Cabrera to win the 2013 Masters in a play-off, but it was only a few months earlier that he had blown a chance at the 2012 Open Championship by bogeying the last four holes to hand the title to Ernie Els. It showed that Scott has a tremendous amount of fight in him. Given his US Open record it may not be too far wide of the mark to suggest that he’ll be a favourite in a scrap for the title this week.
Scott missed the cut in his previous visit to Oakmont Country Club in 2007, but his overall US Open record is not bad. He has a best finish of tied-fourth, which came last year at Chambers Bay, and can boast a further five top-30 finishes.
For Australian fans, it will be exciting to watch Thursday and Friday’s rounds as Scott has been paired up with Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen. All three are major champions, yet none has won the US Open.