Scott’s Sunday charge comes unstuck at US Open
WHEN Adam Scott’s driver on hole number 13 at Pebble Beach Golf Links sailed out of bounds this morning, his hopes of winning the 2019 US Open went with it.
The Adelaide-born Aussie was nine-under stepping up to the tee at the 453-yard par four – just four strokes behind eventual winner Gary Woodland at the time – having sunk four birdies and an eagle to be six-under in his final round with six holes still to play.
Scott had entered the 119th US Open Championship full of confidence, coming off a second-place finish at the Memorial Tournament a fortnight earlier, and a T8 finish at the PGA Championship in May.
His iron striking had been in great form, while his putting – which has been his kryptonite in the past – looked as good as it had in a long time.
He had carded rounds of 70, 69 and 71 over the first three days of the US Open before his fast start on Sunday.
However, the 13th hole ended up being the 38-year-old’s undoing.
Scott’s blocked drive sailed over the right-side boundary fence, and he finished the hole with a double bogey after his bogey putt just scraped by the left lip.
It was his first double bogey of the tournament.
He bounced back with a birdie on 14, but his putting problems reared their ugly head on 16 when he missed a three-footer for par, ramming it some 13-feet past the cup.
It’s something many hackers can relate to, but it’s not often you see it in the pros.
However, unlike many weekend warriors, Scott made the long putt coming back to escape with bogey.
Another bogey followed, and he finished the tournament tied for seventh at six-under.
For Australian golf fans – myself included – it was great to see an Aussie right in contention at a major.
Scott played exceptionally through 12 holes on the final day to give himself a chance at winning, and in the end it was one errant shot that derailed his Sunday charge.
He appears to have rediscovered his best – he currently sits 15th on the 2019 PGA money list – and hopefully it isn’t long before he adds to his 13 PGA tour victories.