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Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day have their say in the golf

Scott has topped Summative Slam chart for two years in a row, becoming first player since Tiger Woods in 1999/2000 to lead majors in straight seasons, writes Steve Elling.

Australians Adam Scott, above, and Jason Day take top honours for scoring in the four majors for 2013.
Australians Adam Scott, above, and Jason Day take top honours for scoring in the four majors for 2013.

Another successful run in the books, Adam Scott took a brief moment on Sunday to look back at his sensational performance in the four major championships of 2013.

"Obviously, I'm peaking at the right times," he said.

So says the evidence.

In fact, he is atop another peak in that regard. With their top-eight finishes at last week's 95th US PGA Championship, Scott and his countryman Jason Day became the first Australian players to top the Summative Slam list – the aggregate score of the four majors this year – since Steve Elkington and Greg Norman in 1995.

No trophy is awarded in finishing with the lowest cumulative score at the majors, but it has become illustrative of who played the best over the four most important months of the year, in the most crucial events.

Scott, the reigning Masters champion, joined the charismatic Day with a four-event total of two-over par.

They were among only 13 players who made the cut at all four majors this year.

While Day is still looking for a breakthrough win at a slam event, Scott has emerged as a majors fixture, having contended deep into the past two British Opens.

"It's really satisfying," the world No 4 said after finishing joint fifth on Sunday. "It's what I'm working towards. Obviously, the goal was to win one, but the real goal is to put myself in this position a lot more. This year, I think I led every major at some point during the week."

In career-best form, Scott has topped the Summative Slam chart for two years in a row, becoming the first player since Tiger Woods in 1999/2000 to lead the majors in consecutive seasons.

Woods, Jason Dufner and Scott are the only players to make the cut at every major over the past two years, and Scott has played on the weekend at 10 consecutive slam events, the game's longest active streak.

He has got a long hike ahead to become top Australian, however: David Graham made the cut at every major for four years in succession, starting in 1980.

With Charl Schwartzel of South Africa compiling the best aggregate score in 2011, Scott and Day jointly extended to three the number of years that international players have topped the list.

The last American to win the Summative Slam was Phil Mickelson, in 2010, although since 1960 Americans have topped the chart 38 times. It is the longest American drought since England's Nick Faldo topped the list for three successive seasons beginning in 1988.

The antithesis to Scott and Day was Japan's Hiroyuki Fujita, the only player to miss the cut in all four majors this year.

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