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The former world number one has come close in the last three years and he believes that this shows he is comfortable with playing golf on links courses.

Scott was heart-broken in 2012 when he collapsed down the closing stretch to allow South African Ernie Els win the title.

"I felt I took a huge step that week at Lytham. It was gutting not to win that week but I followed on from it and had top five results again," he told Record Sport.

The following year at Muirfield he was again leading on the last day but an epic late charge by Phil Mickelson relegated from the Australian from the top spot.

"I felt as though I had a great chance on the back nine at Muirfield and was leading with seven holes to go but Phil had a great finish and I didn't.

Then last year at Hoylake, Scott hung around the top of the leaderboard for a top-five finish without ever really threatening to win.

"It has shown me that I have come to grips with links golf and I would love to put it all together this week and finally win. This is the ultimate. The Open at St Andrews is the pinnacle of the sport," he added.

The 2013 Masters champion made sure he was well prepared for this year's Open. He arrived in Scotland a week and a half before the tournament started to get as much practice as possible on the Old Course.

"I got here last Tuesday, so I've been here for over a week. For a spell when I got here, I had the Old Course to myself and it's not very often you get to say that," he said.

"When you are out there on your own, there is less distraction and you have a lot of time to spend on what you need.

"Also, you take in all the little bits and pieces of the golf course. You find something new every single time you play here."

"Courses aren't dictated by length, you need creativity and control. It's a matter of execution at The Open.

"Anyone playing well has a great chance. I hope it's me," he concluded.