Adam Scott insisted he was satisfied with his US Open performance despite finishing 11 shots behind runaway winner Martin Kaymer.
The world number two finished the tournament on two-over par representing a tied ninth finish after finishing the event with a one-under par 69.
The former Masters champion is a regular performer at the other three majors but the US Open has proved to be his Achilles heel, having missed six cuts in his 12 outings and his best finish being tied 15th in 2012.
But the Australian was glad to finally earn a top-10 finish in the US Open and believes he is now in a better position to win the event one day.
"I felt like my game really came into a good spot today, so it would have been nice to have started the day in contention," Scott said.
"I know what it takes to compete here, I've just got to play better. Until today, I felt like I didn't have a lot of great chances at birdie putts.
"But when you're playing well and you don't have a lot of chances, maybe I've slightly missed something. But I'm not disappointed with the way I played. I felt like all aspects of my game were pretty good."
Scott finished one shot ahead of Englishman Justin Rose who was attempting to defend his US Open crown.
However, he dropped four shots in his first seven holes during his final round but birdied the 18th to salvage a two-over par 72.
Rose felt that he didn't have a great final round and admits that the 12 months since winning the US Open has been tough.
"Today the course got the better of me a little bit. I got frustrated," he said.
"It's been a busy year, a hard year in some ways, too. You win a major and you think everything is going to be great from there on (but) golf continues you test you.
"You continue to have your struggles with the game, and that's the beautiful thing about it. It's made me appreciate winning is not everything, as well."
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