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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 5 Adam Scott


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 5: Adam Scott

Born: July 16, 1980, Adelaide, Australia | Career PGA Tour Wins: 13 (10 on the European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,382,365 (18th) | World Ranking: 6

Gary Williams' Take: No one was under more scrutiny entering 2016 with the anchored putter ban in place than Adam Scott. The early returns have been spectacular. He putted very well at the Presidents Cup with a conventional length putter and finished the year with runner-up finishes at the CIMB Classic and the Australian Open, and he's been arguably the best player in the world in 2016 with back-to-back wins at the Honda and WGC-Cadillac, which have put him atop the list of Masters favorites. Quite a bit has changed since Scott won his first major at The Masters in 2013, including marriage, the birth of a child, the loss of Steve Williams on his bag (although Steve will be on the bag at Augusta) and now the anchoring ban. If there is anyone who can carry on with grace, it will be Scott, who can rely on one of the finest tee-to-green games in golf. Scott will never have to be the best putter on Tour to win, but if he can be adequate and clutch late in tournaments, he will contend. However, Scott plays a limited PGA Tour schedule, and thus he has fewer chances to win compared to Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, who play seven or eight more events. Winning a second major with a conventional putter would be a big step towards the Hall of Fame for Scott.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 59
Wins: 1
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T38
    U.S. Open – T4
    British Open – T10
    PGA Championship – Cut
Best Career Finishes
    Masters - 1 (2013)
    U.S. Open – T4 (2015)
    British Open - 2 (2012)
    PGA Championship - T3 (2006)
Top-10 Finishes: 15
Top-25 Finishes: 28
Missed Cuts: 16

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