Adam Scott and John Senden know it was a year that could have been.
As the last Australians standing in the US PGA Tour playoff series, Scott and Senden were never really in the mix of winning the Tour Championship, a disappointing finish to solid, yet unspectacular seasons.
Scott will finish 2012 without a win but with five top 10s for the year.
His lasting legacy on the year will be blowing a four-shot lead with four holes to play in the British Open.
“I played a lot of good golf this year for not much reward,” Scott said.
“My year was just average overall.
“I didn’t get the most out of my game as good as it was and that seems to be the story from the last few years.
“I had three good rounds and one average one every week and never really strung four good ones together.
“That’s hard because one day where I’m slightly off cost me wins and a lot of other good finishes.”
The 32-year-old Queenslander will still take some positives from the year and was hopeful of a win or two in Asia or Australia in the coming months.
He now fully believes he can be a dominant force in golf.
“I expected a lot more this year but on the positive side I figured out a lot about how to be better and convert myself into a guy who can win a lot of tournaments, win majors and be one of the guys who is a dominant figure in the game like a Rory or a Tiger,” Scott said.
“I feel like the way I have turned myself into a great driver and ball striker and with short game improvements I feel like I can be one of those guys.
“I shouldn’t get discouraged. This might be the foundation blocks for everything to come together next year.”
For Senden, the year served as another of improvement and consistency but still saw him fail to really contend heavily for a victory.
His five top 10s kept him inside the world’s top 40 all season but the 41-year-old now wants to add to his lone PGA Tour win from 2006.
He also wants another Australian Open title to go with the one he won, also in 2006, after finishing second to Greg Chalmers last year.
“I’ll also be looking to work my way onto the 2013 Presidents Cup team. That’s a big goal,” he said.
“I still have golf left this year in Asia and Australia and I need to continue on with the improvement to my game.
“The biggest area I need to work on still is the short game and the belief in myself.
“I’m looking forward to playing at home again and am hoping to go one better at the Australian Open and I’m also excited to play my 20th time in a row at Coolum.”