Adam Scott, after bouncing back from disappointment at The Open in 2012 by winning the Masters in 2013, was considered the best Australian on tour.
That was until the emergence of Jason Day, whose meteoric rise to world number one included wins at the RBC Canadian Open and the PGA Championship last year.
Scott will look to emulate his countryman’s 2015 heroics at the season’s final major, which begins next Thursday. The 36-year-old is in his golfing prime, as were Henrik Stenson (40) and Phil Mickelson (46) at Royal Troon last week.
Scott has the pedigree to win the Wanamaker Trophy and bid for number one from Down Under. Look at his swing.
He hasn’t captured a major since the Masters, not while the long putter has been banned, but is one of a group of players who experienced Baltusrol Golf Club at the 2005 PGA Championship.
Australians winners of the fourth major include David Graham, Wayne Grady, and Steve Elkington. ‘The Great White Shark’ Greg Norman was runner-up twice, and Jason Day’s victory last year no doubt invigorated Australian fans, whose country has 17 majors to its name.
Scott has recorded nine top-25s at the PGA Championship with a best of tied-third in 2006, when Tiger Woods ran away with the title. He shared 40th place at Baltusrol in 2005 and will hope his experience leads to another title charge.