Scott's putting woes laid bare at Presidents Cup

Thu Oct 8, 2015 4:53am EDT
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By Peter Rutherford

INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - After flip-flopping between broomstick and conventional putters this year, Adam Scott has opted to putt cross-handed with a shorter stick at this week's Presidents Cup, committing to the change three months before a ban on anchoring comes into effect.

The long and short of it is, however, the Australian is lost without the longer-shafted putter secured firmly to his chest and his woes were laid bare for all to see on the roller-coaster greens of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea on Thursday.

Internationals skipper Nick Price had hoped the pairing of Scott and Hideki Matsuyama would set the tone for the Internationals, sending them out first against Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes, a late replacement for the injured Jim Furyk.

But it was Holmes who would lay down the first marker, sinking a 14-footer on the second hole to put the Americans ahead, a lead they would never relinquish.

The International pair wasted virtually every opportunity they had by putting poorly, Scott fluffing from inside 10 feet on 11 and 13. Matsuyama missing makeable putts on 14 and 15.

The U.S. pair wrapped up the match on the 16th when Holmes sank another snaking putt.

"They got off to a good start, birdieing four holes in a row on the front, and we were fighting back," said Scott.

"But we had our chances to make putts and we didn't. And that was the difference. Missed three really good chances on the back nine, and then it slips the other way quickly and it's over. So we had our chance but they played well."   Continued...

International team member Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the first hole during the opening foursome matches of the 2015 Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, October 8, 2015.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai