Adam Scott is sick of watching others dominate majors and will now take a more aggressive approach into the final major of the year.
Scott, fresh from losing the world No.1 slot to Rory McIlroy after the Northern Irishman claimed the British Open and a World Golf Championship event in successive starts, is ready to back his skill to the hilt at the PGA Championship.
He has been the most consistent performer in the majors for three years, the only player to make the last 11 cuts, but he craves more than his 2013 Masters triumph after seeing Martin Kaymer and McIlroy cruise to wins in the US and British Opens.
“I feel like my game is up there to win another major, and I need to,” Scott 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 said he would pick two or three more holes a round to be aggressive on, using the driver more often to try to create a birdie opportunity rather than just conservative play for pars.
“The last two majors it has been pretty clear that the guy who has won has been on his game, he hasn’t backed down, he’s created a lot of chances and created some separation from the field,” Scott continued.
“My strategy at times is more conservative, less chances, less mistakes but it might not compete against a Rory McIlroy at full throttle who is not making an error.
“No one likes to sit back and just watch someone else win and I certainly feel like I am playing some of the best golf of my life and think, `why am I not closer in the last two majors, I should be there’.
“Last year I was right there with a chance in three of them down the stretch but this year I’ve not been close enough for my liking.”
In another change to his usual style Scott will go into Valhalla Golf Club ‘blind’ instead of with a lot of early recognisance, but says it won’t be a factor.
He saw not only the course for the first time on Monday, but also the state of Kentucky.
The last time the PGA Championship was contested at Valhalla was 2000, when Scott was just 20-years-old and not yet amongst the games higher echelon.
He cannot remember the last time he didn’t see a major championship course until tournament week.
“Said in the right way, I don’t think there is too much to learn at Valhalla,” Scott told AAP.
“You can see in reports that it is pretty much your standard tour golf course.
“Getting the green speeds will be key and you can get an understanding of that in a few days. I don’t think it is the kind of place with too many tricks.
“It looks like a course that doesn’t take rocket science to figure out and this time of the year it is probably going to be soft.
“Basically when a course gets soft, even if it is a major, it means fire at the pin because guys are good and they can shoot low on anything.”
Scott heads a seven-man tilt from Australia with Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, John Senden, Steven Bowditch and Geoff Ogilvy.