Adam Scott bogeyed Nos. 13-16 to finish four shots behind Phil Mickelson (Franklin/Getty Images)
For the second consecutive year, a sloppy finish kept Adam Scott from winning The Open Championship. At least this time, Scott can come home to the Green Jacket.
Starting at No. 7, Scott made four birdies in a five-hole stretch (Nos. 7-9, 11). The 4-foot birdie putt at No. 11 gave him the lead. He followed with four consecutive bogeys at Nos. 13-16, though. Scott was trying to join an exclusive list of players who have won a Green Jacket and Claret Jug in the same year. He hit his tee shot on the par-3 13th well right of the green, but hit a great chip to 7 feet. He missed the par putt, though. A lengthy birdie putt on the final hole gave him a final-round 72 and 1-over 285 total, four back of winner Phil Mickelson.
"I was just trying to compose myself by 15, after a couple of bogeys," Scott said. “You've got to just shake that off. But I really overthought everything on 15, and had to back off a putt there, mid-stroke. … And at that point, after that one, it was deflation, really, because I could see the scoreboard and your chances at dashed. You're going to have to finish birdie, eagle, birdie, at that point. Yeah, after 16 I just wanted to stop making bogeys, to be honest with you.”
At last year’s Open Championship, Scott was trying to win his first major when he bogeyed the final four holes to finish one shot behind Ernie Els.
“I let a great chance slip, I felt, during the middle of the round and that's disappointing,” Scott said. “I'm happy I put myself in chance to -- my game is in great shape, that's the good thing to take from it. But I didn't get to the number that Phil finished on, but I was right there. Had I played a little more solid in the middle of that back nine, I could have had a chance coming in.”