Adam Scott will be hoping to improve on his relatively disappointing US Open record when the world number one competes at Pinehurst this week.
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.
The Australian has risen to the top of the world rankings this year after winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational and coming fourth at the Memorial.
The 33-year old admits that by his own standards he hasn't performed well enough in the US Open, something he hasn't managed to figure out.
"I haven't had the best record at the US Open. It's hard to put a finger on a lot of it," said Scott in a press conference.
"I've talked to you all about 10 years of playing pretty average, by my own expectations, in majors and tried to improve that the last few years, and I think I've done a good job. But maybe not quite as good at the US Open.
"However, I felt at Olympic I played very well the last 60 holes or so after a really bad start on Thursday. Maybe it's coincidence that I haven't had my best stuff at a US Open but I certainly feel like where my game's at now, and the past few years, I should be able to compete here.
Scott will be heading to Pinehurst in search of his second major and feels that he is aiming to develop his game so that he can challenge on any course, something he will be hoping to prove this week.
"I'm trying to build a game that can play anywhere so it's a good week for me to kind of turn the corner and get in contention. I think this course sets up well to me."
This year, Pinehurst could well suit Scott as it's been remodelled to include sandy waste areas resembling the courses back in his native country.
"It's been much anticipated by most of the players coming back here and I don't think anyone's disappointed," Scott added. "I think what they've done has made a great golf course even better and it's going to present a great challenge this week.
"Certain bits of it remind me of home. The edges of the fairway are a little bare and that's fine, because the fairways are very generous. The proportions are all right.
"The waste areas and some of the green surrounds are similar to sand belt golf back in Australia. But it also reminds us of a lot of other parts of the world as well. People have mentioned Pine Valley and Sunningdale so it's a really nice mix."
Scott will begin his opening round at 13:25pm local time with Bubba Watson and Charl Schwartzel being his playing partners for the first two days.
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