A fourth placed finish for most people would be considered a good result, but given Adam Scott’s success in recent times he has come to expect better of himself.
The Australian has risen to the top of the golfing world – securing the number one rank in Tiger Woods’ absence – and was one of the favourites to win the title in this week’s Memorial tournament.
He could only muster up a tied fourth place finish, though, finishing three shots behind the eventual winner, Japanese youngster Hideki Matsuyama.
Scott managed to get to 10 under for the week, the same score as American Chris Kirk, and continued to show his excellent form, but he was left to rue his final day score of 71, which was not quite good enough to put him into position to secure the victory.
Scott had been in contention to win for the second week running – after victory in the Crowne Plaza last week – due to his previous scores of 69, 70 and 68 in the first three days, but could not do enough to breach the gap on the final day.
This owed much to the his awful back-nine, as he collapsed in the crucial stages.
In what was a dramatic conclusion to the tournament – with many players falling away through the final few holes – Scott made a double-bogey on the 12th and three consecutive bogeys on the 14th, 15th and 16th.
And, if it wasn’t for these few holes, the Australian, who won the Masters in 2013, would have surely been at the top of the leaderboard once again.
“The 12th hole and the 14th hole are the two mistakes I felt I made out there, and they demand the highest quality of shot under that kind of pressure,” Scott told reporters.
“The whole thing is frustrating as I stand here right now. But everyone’s going to feel like that. We all could have done something different.”
Despite this, he was determined not to focus on the negatives, knowing he is in some of the best form of his career at the moment.
The 33-year-old has not missed a cut during the 2014 campaign and also has finished in the top ten five times in the nine tour tournaments he has competed in.
And, as a result, he was the first to admit that dwelling on the result in Ohio would do him no favours.
“I’m playing good,” he said. “I know that. I’m not going to try and go searching for answers over this one.”
Scott missed out this week to Matsuyama, who picked up his first win on the tour of his career.
The 22-year-old was required to fend off American Kevin Na in a play-off, but won on the first extra hole, after holding his nerve to make par, much to his delight.
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