Singapore - Adam Scott on Tuesday vowed to come back a better player as he slowly rebuilds his game after a miserable season.
The Australian, who was ranked world number three in the middle of last year, has seen his form crash with 10 missed cuts so far this year, shattering his confidence.
But he is back on familiar territory this week at the Barclays Singapore Open, a tournament he won back-to-back in 2005 and 2006.
Scott, now ranked 76, said he was restructuring his game and was convinced he could once again force his way into the top 10.
"When I won back-to-back here I was playing very well, I had everything under control and had a lot of confidence," he said.
"This year I have worked on a lot of things in my game but they haven't all come together at the same time yet.
"It has affected my confidence a little bit but slowly but surely that is coming around. In fact, every part of my game is coming around. It's just a process to make myself better."
Scott's confidence got a boost by being controversially selected by captain Greg Norman, a fellow Australian, for the Presidents Cup this month.
But he is the first to admit that he still has some way to go to justify being an automatic pick for such high-profile events.
"My ball striking this year has been the worst it has ever been. I'm trying to change some things in my swing, not drastic but just to get it back to where it once was," he said.
"But this has proved to be a lot harder than I thought and it obviously affected my confidence.
"With low confidence and playing some hard courses I certainly got beaten up a bit this year. In the last three or four months I've had some poor results but there have been some good signs and I certainly feel good at the moment.
"I'm taking it as a process where I really believe that I will come back better than I was before."
The Sentosa course here is one be knows well and he is hoping that may give an edge in a tournament also featuring the calibre of Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and fellow Australian Geoff Ogilvy.
"I've played so many good shots here so this a good opportunity to use that to my advantage and I hope to get myself into a position to contend here," he said.
"A decent result this week would be good, but it's all part of the process to come back better next year."