Adam Scott is feeling more confident of winning the Open this year after playing less tournaments in the build-up to the event.

The Australian threw away his opportunity of winning the claret jug in 2012 at Royal Lytham by throwing away a four point lead on the last four holes to Ernie Els, but comes into this year's Championship having broken his duck at Majors, after winning the US Masters in April.

He has been practicing hard at Muirfield this week, and is more hungry than ever to win the tournament, which starts on Thursday.

"This really has been the tournament I have been looking forward to most this year, there's no doubt, for obvious reasons," Scott told the Guardian. 

"After what happened at Lytham I was eager to get back and try to get in another position to win a Claret Jug.

"I got up here last Tuesday evening and I spent the week playing out there, which was really enjoyable. We had weather like this every day and I just watched the course firm up throughout the week and I tried to get my game adjusted to these conditions."

The 32-year-old believes that keeping himself fresher for this year's Championship will stand him in good stead when he tees off on Thursday.

"Coming early and playing a lot on the course that we're going to play, and learning it, has been important for me. I want to feel comfortable when I am on every tee throughout the week, in any condition.

"I'm enjoying practising more because I also believe that for my swing and my short game to hold up for four days of major pressure, I need to put in more time practising than playing tournaments. So I play less and the last couple of years have shown good results, much more consistent results in major tournaments."

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