With a seven-shot lead going into the weekend at The Arnold Palmer Invitational, 2013 Masters Champ Adam Scott had a chance to surpass Tiger Woods as the world’s number one golfer. The skid started on Saturday at Bay Hill when the 33 year-old Aussie lost half of his lead. Sunday, the wheels came completely off, and the long, broomstick putter let him down once again.
After losing the lead that he had since matching the tournament record with a 62 on Thursday, the big chance for a come back came at the 16th hole. With Scott and playing partner, Keegan Bradley watching eventual tournament winner, Matt Every struggle for a bogey six at the reachable par five, all Scott needed to do, was make a birdie to get a share of the lead back.
Adam Scott would three putt from 15 feet which included missing a four-foot putt for birdie. With the number-one ranking on the line, he could not capitalize on the opportunity to re-gain at least a share of the lead. It would be Bradley who would have to step up and keep Matt Every honest coming down the stretch through two of the toughest finishing holes in golf.
“Sometimes you’ve got to be hard on yourself; sometimes you don’t,” Scott said. “And I think I was getting into a really good spot and had an opportunity here to run away with an event and really take a lot of confidence. I’m annoyed that I didn’t do better today.”
“Today was a bit shaky,” the Aussie admitted. “It was just a little out of sorts for whatever reason. And my short game just wasn’t there. So that needs to be tightened up and probably shows that I need to do a bit more work on it to hold up under the pressure.”
Adam Scott has had a history of putting woes in big moments. His meltdown at Royal Lytham in the 2012 Open Championship was not the beginning of his problems, but it was when they became exposed to the world on one of the biggest stages of his career.
Even after his amazing Masters victory last April, he let it happen again at the Australian Open in December when he lost a four-shot lead, and the Aussie sweep in the final round to Rory McIlroy.
Blaming his problems on his inability to read putts, I think is “Bull”. He has one of the best caddies in the game, and I still believe Stevie Williams carried him to victory at Augusta last April. Left to his own vices, I think we would be talking about Angel Cabrera’s second Green Jacket instead of Scott’s first.
Based on what I saw on Sunday afternoon, I’m not sure Adam Scott deserves the Number One Ranking. Henrick Stenson has his golf swing back under control, and if he gets time now to work on his putter, will be in the fight for that number one ranking as well.
I have long been on the Stenson bandwagon, and don’t understand why a guy who was able to win both, the FedEx Cup, and The Race To Dubai has been in third place on the OWGR list. It still has me scratching my head!
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