World number one Adam Scott is confident he can improve on his poor record in the US Open at Pinehurst this week.
In contrast to his performances in the game's other three major championships, Scott has missed the cut in six of his 12 previous US Opens, recording a best finish of 15th in 2012 at Olympic Club.
But the former Masters champion arrives at Pinehurst in excellent form, cementing his position at the top of the world rankings with victory in the Crowne Plaza Invitational last month and a share of fourth place in the Memorial Tournament.
"I haven't had the best record at the US Open. It's hard to put a finger on a lot of it," said the 33-year-old Australian, who won the Masters last year, was third and second in the last two Open Championships and has recorded four top-10s in the US PGA Championship.
"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.
"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."
"The waste areas and some of the green surrounds are similar to sand belt golf back in Australia"
Scott finished 28th the last time the US Open was held at Pinehurst in 2005, but the course has undergone significant changes since then, with "natural areas" bordering the relatively generous fairways instead of the traditional heavy rough.
"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."