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March 3 2011

6:09 PM

Bear Trap gets Scott

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The Bear Trap claimed one of its biggest victims Thursday.

Adam Scott came to the par-3 15 th hole even par and left at 5 over after an 8, proving there are snowmen in South Florida. Scott rinsed two balls at No. 15.

“I hit a 4-iron than ballooned into the water, then went to the drop area and hit a 9-iron that caught a gust,” Scott said. His fifth shot landed just off the green, he chipped up and two-putted for the quintuple-bogey.

Scott also had another ball land in the water at the par-3 17 th when he blocked a 4-iron, leading to a double bogey. He played 16 holes in even-par, but he saw the other two holes wreck his round.

“That’s what those holes are all about, I guess,” Scott said.

Scott is currently tied for 131 st.

The Bear Trap is the three-hole stretch from the 15 th to the 17 th holes. Its name is derived from Jack Nicklaus, who re-designed The Champion course.

So far in the first round, the 17 th is the most-difficult hole with a stroke average of 3.621. The 15 th is the third-hardest (3.513) and the par-4 16 th is the fourth-hardest at 4.432. -- Craig Dolch

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