Scott heading to Augusta to cure Bay Hill blues


ORLANDO, Fla. – After blowing a seven-shot lead over the weekend at Bay Hill, Adam Scott said he plans to spend the next two days at Augusta National preparing for next month’s Masters before heading home to practice.

No doubt Scott will work hard on his putting after a dismal weekend on the greens. On his way to victory last year at the Masters, Scott didn’t make every putt, just the important ones, tying for 39th in the field in putting but converting key birdie attempts on his 72nd and 74th holes to claim his first major.

On Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where the Australian squandered a three-stroke lead heading into the final round, that distinction weighed heavily on Scott, who needed 63 putts on the weekend, including a particularly costly three-putt at the 16th hole and missed par save at No. 17.

“If nothing else, it’s a good reminder of how much putting practice I need to do for going to the Masters and just how important it is,” said Scott, who closed with a 76 at Bay Hill and finished alone in third place. “If I think back to last year, I made every putt that you expect to in that last round and ultimately that’s maybe what gave me the chance to win.”