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ADAM Scott will miss his first ma­jor cham­pi­onship in 17 years should he fail to qual­ify for the US Open. The win­ner of the 2013 Mas­ters Tour­na­ment has played ev­ery ma­jor since the 2001 Open Cham­pi­onship. But his se­vere drop in the world rank­ings means he is in now in dan­ger of miss­ing the US Open at Shin­necock Hills in June. The for­mer World No.1 is ranked 59th at the time of go­ing to press – and will need to re­main in­side the top-60 by May 21 or June 11 to re­ceive au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion, since his five-year ex­emp­tion for win­ning the green jacket has now ex­pired.

Scott has strug­gled for form since the be­gin­ning of the 2017 sea­son, and has only recorded four top-10s from 24 starts.

“My putting is not quite there and that puts pres­sure on the irons which aren’t great,” Scott said can­didly af­ter the Mas­ters. “I need to sharpen up at both those ar­eas to re­ally con­tend at a ma­jor. I just get off to slow starts all the time ... some­thing has got to change. I don’t know what it is but I have to have a think about it.”

The 37-year-old sounds frus­trated. He hasn’t won on Tour since March, 2016. But he does have some favourable events ap­proach­ing. Scott has pre­vi­ously won the Texas Open, The Play­ers Cham­pi­onship, the AT&T By­ron Nel­son and the Fort Worth In­vi­ta­tional – all of which are played prior to the US Open.

Should he cap­ture his 14th ca­reer vic­tory, the Queens­lan­der will go a long way to­wards qual­i­fy­ing for his 69th ma­jor cham­pi­onship.

Scott’s fel­low Aus­tralians, Ja­son Day and Marc Leish­man have each booked their spots for the 118th US Open, with Cameron Smith all but cer­tain to earn a place.

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