January 9, 2010–Adam Scott played college golf at UNLV, and worked for many years with Las Vegas resident Butch Harmon, who operates the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Las Vegas golf course Rio Secco. Because he played at UNLV, he is considered a Las Vegas golfer for all time, and for a spell, was the world's third-ranked player during the 2008 season. However, Scott hit a rough patch due to injuries, etc., but won the Australian Open in January in his native country, and now looks forward to a bounce-back 2010 PGA Tour season.
"I took some time away from my clubs but I will get back into a full practice schedule starting early next week," Scott announced via his blog on his official website and PGATour.com, a site that will run his blogs throughout the 2010 season. "My first tournament back will be the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. I am really looking forward to it as I have played well there in the past. The first part of my schedule for 2010 is posted on my website and we will be updating it periodically. I will play 3 weeks in a row – Northern Trust Open, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and then Match Play in Marana, Arizona. I feel good about the progress I made at the end of 2009 and the momentum should continue in 2010!"
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Scott struggled, by his standards, in 2009 but still earned more than $780,000 and finished 108th on the money list. But his statistics were way off in 2009, including poor rankings of 162nd in greens in regulation and 148th in driving accuracy, two key statistical areas. Scott's best finish in an offificial PGA Tour event was a tie for 2nd at the Sony Open early on in 2009, but he then missed 10 of the next 17 cuts including a streak of six in a row and seven out of eight. He also finished 166th in scoring average at 71.72.