Scott's World Cup hopes crash with quintuple-bogey
By Ian Ransom
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number two Adam Scott's hopes of winning the World Cup of Golf for Australia plunged midway through his opening round on Thursday when he crashed to a quintuple-bogey nine at the par-four 12th at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
In red-hot form and coming into the revamped tournament on the back of two wins in the last two weeks, Scott had been heavily backed to take individual honors and guide Australia to victory in the team component.
The U.S. Masters champion started steadily enough, grafting through breezy conditions to be one-under at the turn.
Things came dramatically unstuck for the U.S. Masters champion at 12, however, when he sprayed two tee-shots into a tangle of bushes on the right of the fairway.
Unable to find his first ball, Scott returned to the tee and put his third drive into light rough before over-cooking his approach and seeing his shot roll over the green.
Needing to get up-and-down for eight, Scott missed his putt from about 12 feet to post his worst single-hole score in a U.S. PGA Tour-sanctioned event since his 10 at the WGC tournament at Doral Golf Resort in 2007.
"Just a couple of lazy swings today on... 12, and, you know, paid the price," Scott said greenside. "Just away with the fairies on that hole."
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