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Defending champ Scott's disappointing weekend

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Just as he did one year ago, Adam Scott rolled in a long putt on the final hole at Augusta National on Sunday afternoon.

Unlike the one for birdie that put him in an eventual playoff last year, this one gave him a par to finish up a four-round total of 69-72-76-72 during which he never seriously contended on the weekend.

“I was really happy with where I put myself on Friday night,” Scott said. “And without overanalyzing it, it's always a bit here or there, but a poor nine holes on Saturday stopped all my momentum and had me on the back foot and I just couldn't go anywhere from there. And that's what it's like at majors. You're nine good holes from winning it and nine bad holes from being out of it. Without being too critical, I think I just played an average nine holes and that was going to make it hard for me.”

The defending champion blamed his struggles on the flatstick.

“It's not been my best week with the putter. My pace was off on the long putts. And when it gets on fire around here, you're going to have a lot of long putts. And I left so much work with them, that nothing was talking distance. And I missed my share of them and had some three‑putts and it just makes it very hard to have really good scores every day around here.”