World No 5 Adam Scott is desperate to end 2012 on a high at the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath this week.
Scott is winless this year after letting a final-round lead slip at The Open in July to finish second behind Ernie Els. But the 32-year-old arrives in Melbourne in good form after tying for fifth at the Singapore Open last week and is keen to notch his 19th win as a professional.
“In some ways it has been a really good year as I have played a lot of really good golf,” Scott said. “I have been very consistent week in and week out, performing at a pretty high level but I haven’t managed to put four days together at the right time. I am pretty desperate for a win and I will be focused.”
Despite his late slump at Royal Lytham and St Annes, where he bogeyed his final four holes to lose to Els by a solitary shot, The Open is Scott’s fondest memory of this season.
“The Open was definitely the highlight of my year, for sure,” he said. “It was a great week for me to play so well and control the tournament until the end is what I have been working hard to do. The result wasn’t what I was expecting, but it is more of a motivator than anything for me to get back and have another shot at it.”