The 2019 season was a curious one for me. I played very solid overall, but I got unlucky a few times when I finished second with a great score.
But that’s the standard the PGA Tour is at now. I have to be better than that and I have to give myself better chances, more often.
Looking at the positives, I putted really well most of the year and my short game was exceptional. I was 31st in strokes gained: putting and 10th around the greens. I started the season sloppily with my iron play but that really came around and I ended up ranked fourth for strokes gained: approach.
If I’m being critical, my driving was poor this year and that’s got to change for me to have those opportunities to win because that is my wheelhouse. I didn’t have the right setup [last season] and that’s something for me to think about in the next few weeks as I practise for the new season.
I’m back up to No.15 in the world after last season. Is getting back into the top 10 a priority? Yes, but my focus is more on winning a tournament. For me, at this point in my career, that’d mean a lot. I’ve spent a lot of time in the top 10 in my career and, yes, it’s nice when you’re up there. But rankings change and it’s better to know you can win – close a tournament out and have your name forever on a trophy.
I’m going to have a short break now, but not too long because things are going in the right direction for me and I don’t want to lose momentum. I want to push right through to December at the Australian PGA and see where I’m at – then maybe take a good break.
I’m going to play a couple of “Fall Series” (October–November) events in the US and then in the Asia swing. Do I need to see anything in my game in particular to be excited for next year? No, just as long as I am playing alright. I want to keep my momentum going. After taking a couple of weeks off, I could be a bit rusty. But that’s OK. We’ll knock that out quickly and get it going back in the right direction, especially in Asia because they are big events, with small fields, so they’re big opportunities to win. I’d like to get myself in a good spot on the FedEx Cup rankings so that I am not chasing any points early next year. Then, I can choose the schedule I want to peak at the right times.
I’ll see you soon, Australia.
Adam Scott’s 2018-2019 PGA Tour Season
Top 10: 9
Cuts made: 14 or 18
Majors: Masters: T-18; PGA Championship: T-8; US Open: T-7; The Open: CUT
FedEx Cup bonus: $US1.9 million
Stats – Strokes gained
Around the green: 10th
Stats – standard
Driving distance: 273.7 metres (299.3 yards)
Driving accuracy: 59.91%
Greens in regulation: 68.94%
Average proximity from the hole: 35’ 5”
Scoring average: 69.693
Adam Scott spoke with Evin Priest