Adam Scott’s Australian Masters campaign reflects his roller-coaster year which now features just two remaining chances for a tournament victory.
The former world No.1 has been left to rue a horror third round at Huntingdale which wrecked his hopes of a third gold jacket and placed him fifth behind winner Peter Senior.
He boasts the enviable record of having notched a tournament win each year since turning pro back in 2000 but that streak could come to an end if he doesn’t get across the line at next week’s Australian Open or Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas next month.
The 35-year-old Queenslander will head to Sydney with his head “spinning” after his six-over 77 on day three which severely dented his plans of adding to his 2012 and 2013 Masters titles.
“I think I played OK but it’s hard to know after yesterday,” Scott said, after posting a final round two-under 69 to finish at four under for the tournament on Sunday.
“I just played so poorly. It’s some of the worst golf I’ve played this year and it was really disappointing but I came out and found something today.
“It’s the story of my golf this year. Even when I have been playing well there has been a few shots here and there, errant, that are costly.
“Momentum is such a big thing in a tournament – 27 holes in I am running and then just a couple of bogeys turn things the other way.”
While the putting of the 2013 US Masters champion was under scrutiny after his recent switch from the broom-stick to the short putter, it was his iron play that let him down.
He said he felt good about his putting.
“I thought I putted good again this week,” Scott said.
“I wished I made more but so does everyone in the field except the bloke who won but I am happy with where I am at.”
With the Masters devoid of top 10 players Scott was the runaway favourite but will be up against world No.1 American Jordan Spieth next week at the The Australian.
Scott hoped he could string together four solid rounds to make a run at the title.
“I’ve had three pretty good rounds this week and one that you would prefer to forget.
“Hopefully it means I am not far away from four good rounds and I am going to need that.
“Its another tough track and it’s going to be testing so I am going to have to tighten it up that little bit and hit some better shots overall.”