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Scott fumes as charge falls flat

Adam Scott USGA
(Photo courtesy USGA/Michael Reaves)

The pain was etched across Adam Scott’s face.

Another bold major championship run left the trophy cabinet creaking ajar, yet there was no silverware to deposit.

And it hurt.

The Australian, normally so silky and polished with his choice of words after rounds good and bad, was far more economic and emotive after his superb closing 68 left him at six under in the US Open and in a share of seventh at Pebble Beach.

The agony was not that he finished seven shots behind champion Gary Woodland, but rather that he’d reached nine under through 12 holes with birdie chances ahead and the leader well in sight.

But a drive out of bounds right of the 13th was followed later by three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes as his chances vanished.

“It's hard not to have an emotional verdict at the moment,” Scott said through gritted teeth after his round.

“I'm very pissed off with my finish.”

It was, remarkably, his 19th top-10 major championship finish, but with only one title – the 2013 Masters – to his credit.

“I want to win one of these so badly – I play so much consistent golf, I feel, but that’s kind of annoying.

“I’d almost rather miss every cut and win one tournament for the year if it was a major. So it’s annoying.”

Scott had been within three of Woodland’s lead after he his superb tee shot to the par-three 12th rolled to within 1m and he converted for his fourth birdie of the day.

Earlier, he’d not only tamed the opening three holes that had hurt him dearly in the earlier rounds, but he birdied the third and fist-pumped as his perfect eagle putt on the sixth kick-started his charge.

Birdies on the tough ninth and 10th only seemed to suggest that his great but unrewarded form of the previous three rounds was all about to pay off.

Scott said he didn’t have a closing total in mind when he stood on the 13th tee.

But regardless, in one hugely uncharacteristic mega-slice, any such thought was made moot.

“I wasn't thinking of anything, just playing and trying to keep things going in the right direction,” the Queenslander said.

“But one loose swing off 13 tee was pretty costly and obviously three-putting 16 and 17 was not ideal either.

“I don't know if that (would have made) a difference in the end or it was just rubbing salt in the wound.

“If I posted ten (under) … you don’t know how that affects (Woodland and runner-up Brooks Koepka).

“Maybe they play better, maybe they don’t. I’m just disappointed not to execute the last few holes in a better fashion. There was some good stuff, but it wasn’t that great.

“I don't know right now what that is … whether it is a lack of focus.

“It's hard. It's a strange game. My swing didn't feel anywhere near as good today as it did yesterday, but everything seemed to go my way.

“But it’s pretty hard to shoot a 63 to win a US Open. That’s happened once, Johnny Miller (in 1973).

“Plus, I have some stuff to look at from previous days. There are things to work on, marginal things like missing greens with short irons from the fairway. How much does that count? Maybe I could have started today at eight under par and been right up there.

“Then my mindset would have been different. It’s tricky. When you are forced to go at it, anything can happen. It was fun to get it going for a bit, but frustrating I didn’t have my best for the last few holes.”

Scott was again the standout Australian, as he was at the US PGA last month in New York.

His fellow Queenslander Jason Day finished in a share of 21st at two under having also threatened early today to go low, only to have his challenge fade out.

Day birdied the tough first and third holes, but then didn’t have another birdie until the 16th in his closing 69.

Marc Leishman had the grand experience of playing with Tiger Woods and completely had the Masters champ’s measure early, also racing to the fringes of the leaderboard with his second birdie of the day on the sixth.

Woods, who had been four over at that point, sparked into action just as Leishman’s charge ended. The Victorian made bogeys on the 10th, 11th and 14th but reacted well with birdies on the 15th, 16th and 18th.

But a tugged tee shot into deep grass left of the 17th ruined his chances of a sub-par finish, his 72 good enough for a one over total and a share of 35th.

Cameron Smith was the first Aussie out on the final day and carded the same 72 to finish at eight over and tied for 72nd.


Comments

Posted by Jenn Lyons at
17/06/2019 10:33 PM
I'm sorry Adam , we have been following you for so long but we can't understand why you don't play more Tournaments . That's why Kutcher, Furik are so consistent .
Posted by Rell Stratton at
17/06/2019 06:31 PM
The problem with Adam is his putting lets face it the rest of his game seems ok. Perhaps he is reading to much into the greens.

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