Scott rues the gold jacket that got away

Sun Nov 22, 2015 3:49am EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Adam Scott rued a horror third round that all but ended his hope of a third Australian Masters title and will head into next week's Australian Open spoiling for a fight against world number one Jordan Spieth.

Tour veteran Peter Senior celebrated a richly deserved two-stroke win at Huntingdale Golf Club on Sunday but the trophy was virtually gift-wrapped for former world number one Scott halfway through his second round.

The 2012 and 2013 champion had marched to a five-stroke lead after a bogey-free run of 27 holes, but from there it became a grind.

With his driver, irons and putter all misbehaving, Scott fell back into a share of the lead after the second round and crashed during the third with a six-over 77.

Five strokes off the pace on Sunday, Scott dug deep to claw within three of the lead but a double-bogey on the par-five seventh took the wind out of his sails and his challenge ended with another dropped shot on the 15th.

He finished fifth after a final round 69 and felt the week was a microcosm of a frustrating, winless year.

"I think I played okay. It's kind of hard to know after yesterday's (round) left my head spinning a little bit because I just played so poorly," the 2013 U.S. Masters champion told reporters.

"(That was) some of the worst golf I've played this year and really disappointing.   Continued...