Australia’s Adam Scott played out of a bunker on the 7th hole during the final round of the Australian PGA golf championship held at the Hyatt Regency in Coolum.
Australia’s Adam Scott played out of a bunker on the 7th hole during the final round of the Australian PGA golf championship held at the Hyatt Regency in Coolum. Tannen Maury

Scott suffers for 'one bad swing'

IT was a case of what might have been for Adam Scott at the Australian PGA Championship.

In analysing the world No.7's tournament, two things stand out immediately: his disastrous opening seven holes in the first round, which left him reeling at five-over, and a disappointing one-over-par third round.

In the end, the Australian finished in a tie for fourth, two shots off what was needed to make it a four-way play-off, after a four-under 68 in the final round at the Hyatt Regency yesterday left him at 10-under for the tournament.

Starting on the 10th on Thursday, Scott had two double-bogeys and two bogeys in the first seven holes.

Playing partner Greg Norman aptly summed up Scott's form during that horror stretch, saying he hit the ball terribly.

Scott would not disagree, but he showed plenty of fight to finish the opening round two-under.

A five-under 67 in the second round left him in a strong position at seven-under.

But he was unable to reproduce that form in the third round on Saturday.

"I played well coming in but, really, at the end of the day yesterday was the killer for me because I was right there with five holes to go," he said after the final round.

"A couple of pars and I would have been looking in great shape today, but (I) dropped three shots - one bad swing really. It's a shame.

"I'm resting now for a month before I play Hawaii (the US PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions in January)."

Scott said he thought he needed to birdie the par-four 17th and par-four 18th to have a chance of winning yesterday. He was right.

But that was always going to be a difficult assignment, with both holes playing over par yesterday.

The 18th was by far the hardest hole on the course.

"It's pretty tough out there," Scott said.

"The wind's blowing.

"The flags are not that easy to get at with the wind blowing like that.

"The course has played nice all week, but any bad shot gets penalised because there's water everywhere."

Scott was surprised to be only one shot off the lead at the end of his round yesterday given the high-calibre leaderboard.

"But that's the pressure of playing the last round of a golf tournament," he said.

"Like I said, you hit a couple of bad shots (and) you can get punished quite severely on this golf course."

 



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