There is no doubt, that 2013 Masters Champ, Adam Scott is one of the best ball strikers on any professional golf tour around the world, but a career that features 27 world-wide wins could have been much better if the guy could only putt. It happened again yesterday, at the Australian PGA Championship, a tournament that the 34 year-old Aussie should have won, but didn’t.
Scott lost a marathon playoff to Greg Chalmers on Sunday, at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast that included six of seven putts coming from the same spot on the 18th green which was 12 feet from the hole.
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On the final time through, he blew the first putt five feet past the hole, and missed the par putt coming back that would have sent the match to an eighth hole.
Ian Baker Finch even said on the broadcast that after seven times through the 18th hole, you could have put a towel over the spot where Scott’s ball stopped on the green that included his approach shot on the 72nd hole.
In other words, he putted from basically the same spot seven times, and couldn’t get one of them to drop. On the fifth playoff hole, Scott missed on the left side of the green, hole high, once again burning the low side of the cup.
Adam Scott’s problem with the flat stick started years ago when he switched to the broom-style putter because he was unable to make the tournament wining putts that a player of his caliber should make on a routine basis.
The best I have ever seen Adam Scott putt, was during the playoff when he beat Angel Cabrera at Augusta in 2013. He had Stevie Williams on the bag at the time, and I think Tiger Woods’ former caddie was responsible for the success Scott had during his tenure. Williams has retired, and the world’s number three player is again dropping in the rankings.
The latest fall-off started when Rory McIlroy came from four strokes down, to beat Adam Scott at the Australian Open last December.
Scott indicated that he was headed for some much-needed time off before the 2015 season get’s under way.
“I just didn’t hit good enough shots in the play-offs and it’s frustrating to not win when I hit so many good drives and had so many wedges and only made one birdie,” said Scott.
“I’m ready for a break. I’m certainly going to enjoy this one.”
“Unfortunately not exactly how I wanted to end the year, but you know, hopefully onto bigger and better things next year.”
I think it’s time for the aging Aussies Star to spend some of his down-time getting ready for the long-putter ban that start at the beginning of the 2016 season. That’s only 12 months away, and he struggles with the broom-stick anyway. The Aim-Point technique he is using, doesn’t seem to be helping, so maybe a phone call to Dave Stockton, or Brad Faxon is in order.