A shattered Adam Scott is looking to replicate countryman Jason Day and bounce back from British Open defeat with a confidence-building win.
The former world No.1 has fronted up at Firestone Country Club for the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational, his first event since blowing the lead at St Andrews in the home stretch.
It was the fourth top 10 finish in the British Open in the last four years for Scott and the Queenslander has had to face the demons of reflection over the last three weeks.
He has come out of the funk determined to atone and securing a win at Firestone, as he did in 2011, is high on the agenda heading into the PGA Championship.
“Motivation gets higher through the disappointment, that’s how it works,” Scott told AAP.
“The Open was so disappointing to me and it has been four years of heartbreak at that event now. I have led the Open three times in the last four years with six holes to play and haven’t won and they are hard pills to swallow because you don’t know how many chances you are going to give yourself.
“I am going to push hard this week and treat it like a major and then hopefully go into next week full of confidence and try to finish the year with a big result.”
Scott, who lost his world No.1 ranking at this event last year has dropped to 11th and, with the US PGA tour playoffs just around the corner, sits in a disappointing 93rd on the FedEx Cup list.
While it is virtually impossible for the 35-year-old to miss the top 125 cut-off for the playoffs, without a couple of decent results in the next fortnight he could be in danger of failing to get past the opening week.
It is the lowest he has entered this part of the season since his slump year of 2009 where he only lasted one week in the playoffs.
Since 2010 Scott has progressed through all four weeks and made the final 30 and the Tour Championship.
“I don’t feel like I am winning enough for the amount of good play I have had over the last two seasons but that can change quickly, in a week or two,” Scott admitted.
“My game is great so I am looking forward to this week and next. I really need a big finish to the season and it is a great time to be playing well, which I feel I am so I just want to win more.”