March 23, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Scott had 63 putts over the weekend at Bay Hill, including 32 on Sunday. (Greenwood/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Adam Scott entered the weekend at Bay Hill with a seven-shot lead and with the world No. 1 ranking within reach.
He left frustrated after a final-round 76 to finish two shots back of winner Matt Every.
"Sometimes you've got to be hard on yourself; sometimes you don't," Scott said. "And I think I was getting into a really good spot and had an opportunity here to run away with an event and really take a lot of confidence. I'm annoyed that I didn't do better today."
The biggest culprit was Scott's putting. He took 63 putts over the final two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, including 32 on Sunday.
He made just one putt over 6 1/2 feet all day and three-putted from 20 feet after reaching the par-5 16th in two with a chance to tie Every for the lead.
Instead, he missed from just inside four feet and was left to wonder what might have been.
Had Scott won he would have taken over the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career.
"Today was a bit shaky," the Aussie admitted. "It was just a little out of sorts for whatever reason. And my short game just wasn't there. So that needs to be tightened up and probably shows that I need to do a bit more work on it to hold up under the pressure."
Perhaps a trip to Augusta National will help.
Scott, who will defend his Masters title there in three weeks, will spend the next couple of days there before going home to the Bahamas.
"If nothing else, it's a good reminder on how much putting practice I need to do for going to the Masters and just how important it is," he said. "And if I think back to last year, I made every putt that you expect to in that last round and ultimately that's, I guess, maybe what gave me the chance to win."