The result at Royal Liverpool was his fourth straight top-10 finish on the PGA Tour. He won at Colonial just two months ago, and the Aussie maintains a firm grip on the top spot in the world rankings.
For Scott, though, the majors are what matters, and coming up just short at the Open for the third year in a row still stings.
“Looking back on it, I was still annoyed that I didn’t play better to win because I felt I did everything right,” Scott said Wednesday.
The “need” to win a major is often assigned to players still in search of their breakthrough victory, which Scott had last spring at the Masters. Despite already adding his name to the list of major winners, he feels a sense of urgency to win again on a major stage.
“I feel like my game is up there to win a major, and I need to,” he said. “Being consistent is one thing, but if I have 20 fifth-place finishes in majors in my career and I only win one, I’m going to be pretty disappointed.”
Scott celebrated his 34th birthday two weeks ago, and he knows that his window atop the game is a finite one. That realization only serves to fuel his competitive drive as he looks to translate his strong form into trophies – plural.
“I feel like this is my time. I’m playing the best golf of my life,” Scott said. “I want to make the most of it, because golf’s a funny game and it can all turn around quickly. So I’ve played a lot of good golf in these majors, (but) I want to take home some wins.”