Scott frustrated with finishing stretch
June 16, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
- Adam Scott finished in a tie for seventh at the 2019 U.S. Open. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Adam Scott is usually cool, calm and collected, but after signing off on another close call in a major, the Australian was beyond frustrated this time around.
Of all the players who went out early enough at Pebble Beach to post a number the late groups might have feared, it was Scott who looked the most likely.
The 2013 Masters champion was five under on his round through 12 holes to get to nine under for the tournament with birdie holes still to come. He had eventual champion Gary Woodland in his sights. And then, disaster.
Scott’s usually impeccable swing went wayward on the par-4 13th tee. He blocked the ball so far right, it went out of bounds into one of the mansions flanking the course.
That double bogey and two three-putt bogeys on 16 and 17 would leave him tied for seventh.
“It's hard not to have an emotional verdict at the moment,” Scott said after his round.
“I'm very pissed off with my finish. It’s annoying.”
Scott, who possesses the 2004 PLAYERS Championship among his 13 PGA TOUR wins, now has 19 top-10s in majors, but just one win. It was the 38-year-old’s 73rd consecutive major.
“I want to win one of these so badly – I play so much consistent golf,” he lamented.
“One loose swing off 13 tee was pretty costly, and obviously three-putting 16 and 17 was not ideal either. I don't know if that (would have made) a difference in the end or it was just rubbing salt in the wound.
“If I posted ten (under) … you don’t know how that affects (Woodland and runner-up Brooks Koepka). Maybe they play better, maybe they don’t. I’m just disappointed not to execute the last few holes in a better fashion.”