HOYLAKE, England – The luck of the draw is always part of this Open Championship, which helped Adam Scott take some of the sting out of another top 5 at the year’s third major.
The world No. 1, who tied for fifth, was one of only four players who played in the more difficult late-early wave for the first two rounds at Royal Liverpool and eventually finished in the top 20. The others were Shane Lowry (T-9), Keegan Bradley (T-19) and Chris Kirk (T-19).
“I’m disappointed,” Scott said, “but you can get on the wrong side of the draw every now and then.”
First-round conditions were perfectly calm in the morning, only for the wind to pick up in the afternoon. The opposite was true on Friday.
Scott trailed Rory McIlroy by nine shots after a 68-73 start, and on Sunday he rued a “stagnant” stretch of 27 holes when he thinks he cost himself the tournament.
“That’s tough to recover from,” he said.
Scott has become one of the most consistent major players. In his last 12 major starts, dating to the 2011 PGA, he has finished outside the top 15 only once.
“I’m motivated now,” he said. “I’m a little annoyed that I’m leaving here playing well and not winning, but I’m down to one major of the year and the last shot at it.
“I’m highly motivated to spend the next two weeks getting in the best possible shape I can to kind of do a Rory or a Martin (Kaymer) or a Bubba Watson and run away with a major.”