Golf - Scott finds way to peak on game's biggest stages

Adam Scott has enjoyed top-five finishes in three of the year's four major championships, including his breakthrough Masters win in April, but the Australian feels his best is yet to come.

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After becoming the first golfer from his country to triumphat Augusta National, Scott went on to finish in a tie for thirdat last month's British Open at Muirfield and on Sunday earned ashare of fifth at the PGA Championship.

"Obviously I'm peaking at the right times," Scott, who endedthe year's final major five shots behind winner Jason Dufner,told reporters.

"It's hard to stay there for four days and have the lead thewhole time, but I feel like I'm improving still. So it'ssomething to build on for next year's season."

Fellow Australians Jason Day finished a further two shotsback in a tie for eighth place after firing a three-under 67 inSunday's final round while Marc Leishman closed with a two-under68 to grab a share of 12th.

Not including the Americans, no other country was as wellrepresented among the top-12 finishers at the PGA Championship,which to Scott is a sign of things to come.

"We've got a whole host of guys with the experience. It'sjust a matter of form," said Scott. "We have got the guys withthe talent. That never goes away; it's just their form.

"When that comes back, we're going to be really strong. Itwouldn't surprise me, you know, seeing Jason or myself or Leishdo well to get right back in the mix."

Scott, who led the British Open by one shot with seven holesto play, had a fighting chance of winning at Oak Hill, or atleast forcing a playoff, though he needed to navigate the EastCourse's challenging closing holes better with the leadersfaltering.

Two under for the day when he arrived at the 16th tee, Scottwas unable to find a fairway or hit a green in regulation therest of the way.

He would go on to make bogeys at 16 and 18 which left himwith no chance of catching Dufner, who was playing in the finalgroup and went on to finish at 10 under.

"It was a bit of fun, the last glimmer of hope, you know. But then I had three poor drives to finish with," said Scott.

"I don't know what happened the last few holes, but I feltlike I may as well have a go at it down 16.

"If I drive it in the fairway, it's just a wedge. If I couldbirdie them all, I would have finished 10 under and you neverknow."

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