Adam Scott reacts to a missed eagle putt on the second hole during the final round of the Players Championship.
Adam Scott reacts to a missed eagle putt on the second hole during the final round of the Players Championship. Chris O'Meara

Scott gets confidence boost ahead of US Open

GOLF: Some good putting form on the greens at TPC Sawgrass has given Adam Scott hope he can figure highly at next month's US Open.

The world No.11 had a two-under-par 70 to finish as the leading Australian at the Players Championship in Florida to end up sixth behind surprise winner Si Woo Kim of South Korea.

The 21-year-old Kim became the youngest winner in Players Championship history, eclipsing the record set by Scott when he won in 2004 aged 23 years eight months and 12 days.

Scott had a ninth-placed finish at the Masters and with this latest upsurge in form, the 36-year-old is hoping to better than his fourth place at the US Open in 2015.

"I've performed well at the Masters and the Players. There were good signs tee-to-green both events and my putting was really solid this week," he said.

"I've got three really important weeks coming up, ending in the US Open.

"So far, I've managed to peak for the right events but if I can step it up that extra 20%, I'll be right there (at the US Open).

"I'm confident I can do that for that hot run through the (US) summer."

Scott said he would dedicate the next three weeks practising at his Bahamas base with a "more focused" attitude as he builds up to the second major of the season at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

The 2013 Masters champion will tee it up at the Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial tournament in Ohio before playing the FedEx St Jude Classic a week later ahead of the US Open.

"I'm going to make the adjustments; not more hours of practice but more discipline and monitoring the set-up of my swing and discipline on the range," Scott said.

World No.3 Jason Day claimed an unwanted record for the worst final round by a defending champion since the Players moved to TPC Sawgrass in 1982, signing for an 80.

The defending champion finished at seven-over for the tournament.

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