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Scott seeks relaxed approach at PGA

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016 Ashton Hudson

Adam Scott believes releasing mental shackles from his game can boost his chances at this week's PGA Championship.

After failing to seriously contend at the recent British Open, the 2013 Masters champion felt he needed to regain a more relaxed mindset to combat pressure-induced tightness.

"I feel like the last two majors I've played three good rounds and one below standard round and unfortunately that leaves you in the middle of the pack," said former world No.1 Scott as he prepared at Baltusrol Golf Club.

"I was wondering what was not quite there and it was maybe an attitude thing.

"You just have to go out there with a core belief you are going to play really well.

"Sometimes that is hard in majors as you work yourself up and get a bit tense and tight and it is hard to let go and swing as freely as you like.

"But I like the way everything has gone since the Open Championship in practice and in play here.

"Now I feel pretty comfortable and relaxed and I have myself in the mindset from the start of the year where there is no consequence - just go and play. Don't be so tight out there, just let it all go and see if it happens."

With two wins on the US PGA Tour earlier in the year, Scott would become a contender for US tour player of the year should he win the PGA Championship's Wanamaker trophy on Sunday.

Only defending champion and countryman Jason Day has more wins with three while Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth also have two each.

Johnson is the current favourite given one of his wins was the US Open but Scott has designs on going it a bit of a run.

"I haven't been able to get any momentum this summer so I am completely under the radar but there is a fair (course) set up this week, there is a bit more level of comfort, there is room to drive it, it's not super penal and it is going to suit me just fine," he said.

"It would make for a great year to win a major after a really hot start and also I'm looking for momentum to go into the last four FedEx Cup events to hopefully create a chance to win the FedEx Cup.

"Winning streaks have kind of been the trend at the moment. If I could manage that it would make for an incredible year, a career year for me."

Joining Scott and world No.1 Jason Day in the field are fellow Australians Marc Leishman, Marcus Fraser, Scott Hend, Matt Jones, Aaron Baddeley, John Senden and Greg Chalmers.

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