Scott slips up for the second year running
Australian holds the lead on the back nine, only to come up short yet again at the Open
Adam Scott's collapse in the final round at the British Open wasn't nearly as spectacular as it was a year ago. The end result was still the same.
For the second year in a row, Australian Scott held the lead on the back nine; for the second year in a row he left without his name on the claret jug.
"I think the disappointing thing is this one I felt I wasted a little bit," Scott said. "I would have liked to be in at the end and no one was, actually. It's a shame."
No one was because Phil Mickelson closed so strongly he likely would have won the Open no matter what Scott or any of his fellow competitors did. But three straight bogeys on the back nine sealed the fate of the Masters champion, eliminating him from contention before he even had a shot at making a late run.
"I let a great chance slip, I felt, during the middle of the round and that's disappointing," Scott said. "Had I played a little more solid in the middle of that back nine I could have had a chance coming in."
Playing in the next-to-last group with Tiger Woods, Scott made a run at the lead when he sank a long putt on the eighth hole for birdie, then followed it with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 ninth. When he added yet another birdie on the short par-4 11th he was suddenly in the lead with seven holes to go.
Nothing new there. Last year at the Open at Lytham, Scott had a four-shot lead with four holes to play and all that seemed left to do was prepare his victory speech.
It quickly unraveled, though, with Scott finishing with a string of bogeys in one of the great collapses in golfing history. The image of his knees buckling when he missed a 7-foot putt to force a play-off with Ernie Els lingers still.
Compared to that, Sunday's back nine missteps paled by comparison. Once again, though, Scott began making bogeys and soon someone else was holding the Open trophy.