Gutted Scott loses Midas touch and 'triple crown'

Sun Dec 1, 2013 3:44am EST
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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number two Adam Scott was left "gutted" on Sunday after the Midas touch deserted him and he blew a chance to cap the best year of his career with a rare Australian "triple crown" at Royal Sydney.

Everything Scott touched had turned to gold since he arrived back home last month for a four-tournament swing that quickly turned into a triumphant celebration of his becoming the first Australian to win the U.S. Masters.

Huge crowds thronged the courses as he won the Australian PGA in front of his friends and family on the Gold Coast and backed up for the first time in his career with a victory at the Australian Masters the following week.

His third place at the World Cup of Golf helped his country lift the trophy for the fifth time and he headed to the Australian Open bidding to do what only Robert Allenby had done before and win all of his country's marquee titles in one year.

A course record 10-under-par 62 in his first round at Royal Sydney gave him a three-stroke lead and, playing some brilliant golf, he topped the leaderboard for all but two holes over the rest of the tournament.

Unfortunately, the second of those two holes was the 72nd and final one of the tournament, where his second bogey of the day allowed Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy to snatch the Stonehaven Cup from his grasp.

"I just made an error on the last, misjudged the wind and hit too much club into the last, so that's the way it goes," he told reporters of his approach that soared over the back of the green to leave a tricky up-and-down that he failed to muster.

"I felt I did everything right. I was concerned about how I was going to hit it today because I haven't been swinging the club very well for the last two weeks and I played really nicely and the putter didn't behave itself.   Continued...

Australia's Adam Scott hits a drive on the second hole during the second round of the Australian Open golf tournament at Royal Sydney Golf Club November 29, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray