When you look back at the 2016 PGA Tour season, what comes to mind? Could it be the Ryder Cup, Rory winning the Fed Ex Cup, the death of Arnold Palmer, or even the collapse of Jordan Spieth at the Masters? For us it was the promising start for Adam Scott in 2016 that stalled until a late season push to finish third in the Fed Ex Cup.
When we look back at his 2016 season, it was a great start that left him holding none of golf’s biggest trophies. His performance in the majors were dismal by his standards, placing T42 – T18 – T43 – T18. It was the first time since 2010 that Adam did not place inside the top 10 in a major.
His 2016 season started with a runner up finish, shooting (-25) at the CIMB Classic. When the season came around to the bigger events, Adam stepped up his game by finishing runner up at the Northern Trust Open. The form was there and victory followed that very next week at the Honda Classic. Winning at PGA National means your game is in top form because of how demanding the golf course can play. His last ten rounds leading up to the Honda Classic were of 69 or better.
It’s a huge confidence boost to win for the first time in just under two years. That confidence carried over to the very next week at the WGC Cadillac Open right down the road in Florida. Adam finished off the week with his second straight victory, the first time he had accomplished that in his career.
The win vaulted Adam to the top of the Fed Ex Cup list which is just the kind of momentum you need heading into the first major of the year at Augusta National. To his dismay, that momentum halted as Adam finished T42 at Augusta. It was his second consecutive sub par showing at Augusta after finishing T38 in 2015.
Watch Adam Scott win his first major at the 2013 Masters.
The rest of the season was similar to the masters, finishing no better than T10. His play was solid, but wasn’t good enough to find his third victory of the season. Disappointing by his standards is certain, but he still had some more hardware to play for with the finals of the Fed Ex Cup.
Entering the playoffs at 3rd on the list, he finished T4 – 4 – T4 – T8 in all four events to finish right where he started. A testament to his season was a perfect 20/20 in cuts made. It goes to show how hard winning is on the PGA Tour. For a guy like Adam, we feel he could win every week because his game is so hard to bet against.
A lot of people are looking for Adam to have a really a big season. Some may feel his putting has held him back over the years or he is too nice of a guy to really be dominant. Whatever the case may be, it’s the simple fact that golf is flat out hard to conquer. It’s a game you can play well and still get beat, or have a ball take a bounce and put you in a bad spot. It’s a fine line between first and second against the best players in the world week in and week out.
Adam is continuing his solid play in making the first three cuts of the 2017 season, finishing T10 – T14 – T11. As evidence of his solid play, Adam has the longest streak of current cuts made on tour at 23. It’s a strong testament to having the complete golf game package. As a measuring stick for cuts made, Tiger Woods holds the record at 142 straight.
Some Career Highlights from Adam’s 13 PGA Tour Wins.
2016 – WGC Cadillac Championship
2013 – Won the Masters, The Barclays
2011 – Won WGC Bridgestone Invitational
2006 – Won Tour Championship
2004 – Won Players Championship
Who doesn’t love watching this guy swing a club?
Adam Scott is the defending champion this week. We look for him to finish at or near the top of the leaderboard based on his continuing consistency on the golf course. PGA National is a golf course that can really test you, especially if the wind picks up!
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Michael Romano Jr