ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI | There was a moment Tuesday on the practice range at Bellerive when Adam Scott noticed something.
How easy his golf swing suddenly felt.
“Grace” was a word Scott used to describe the feeling, a perfect word for one of the most beautiful swings of this or any generation.
What always has looked good to the common man hasn’t felt so good to Scott in recent months as his game has gone flat. This is his 70th consecutive major championship start but he’s only in the PGA Championship by virtue of his place in the top 100 in the world rankings, not for anything else he’s done recently.
It’s not quite a special exemption but he has fallen to 76th in the world, a significant tumble for a former No. 1.
With a 5-under-par 65 on Saturday, Scott finds himself two strokes behind leader Brooks Koepka as the PGA Championship heads into its final 18 holes on Sunday.
A once familiar position for Scott – playing late in the final round with a chance to win – is suddenly new again.
“First time in a while being really in contention,” Scott said.
“I didn’t realize until kind of on 17 that Brooks had dropped a couple shots, so I was a little hot at myself on 15 from making a bogey from nowhere, really. I missed a short putt. To come back birdie, birdie and even have a look on the last for birdie as well was really good, because definitely playing 17 the juices were flowing a little bit, I was feeling like I’m in the tournament and certainly has been awhile since I’ve really been feeling that, so it was nice to make a couple birdies while the adrenaline was up.”
Scott has just one top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this year and that was a quiet T9 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May. But he was on the edge of contention at the Open Championship at Carnoustie last month and has sensed the game coming his way recently.
Asked when he last felt the way he did in contention Saturday afternoon, Scott was stumped.
“I don’t know. I would have to think hard. It’s been quite awhile since I was really in contention. Which is, has been quite frustrating, but I’m glad I got a dose of it today because I want a whole lot tomorrow,” Scott said.