Scott frustrated after challenge fades

Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:29pm EDT
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By Julian Linden

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Adam Scott was left to rue what might have been after his Masters defense ended with a whimper on Sunday.

The Australian's prospects of claiming back to back titles were already a long shot after he started the final day six shots behind the eventual winner Bubba Watson.

Scott knew that he needed to shoot a low score to put any pressure on the leaders but try as he might he was unable to mount a challenge.

Scott closed with a 72 to finish the tournament at one-over-par, nine strokes behind Watson in a tie for 14th.

"I wasn't really thinking about anything, other than trying to right the ship and try to get something going," he said.

"That was just the story of my weekend with some sloppy stuff around the greens, and that doesn't bode well here."

Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters when he beat Angel Cabrera in a thrilling playoff last year and made a flying start to his title defense when he opened with a three-under-par 69.

He salvaged a 72 in the second round after playing in tough conditions when the wind started to blow but tumbled down the leaderboard with a third round 76.   Continued...

Former Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia celebrates as he finishes play during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder