GULLANE, Scotland – For the second consecutive year, Adam Scott made four bogeys in a row on the back nine Sunday at the British Open.
Only this time, his late struggles will be forgotten after Phil Mickelson came home in 32 to win a memorable Open at Muirfield.
Staked to a one-stroke lead on the 13th hole, Scott dropped shots on four consecutive holes before a final-hole birdie helped salvage a 1-over 72 and T-3 finish. the Masters champion was four shots behind Mickelson.
“I let a great chance slip during the middle of the round,” Scott said, “and that’s disappointing.”
Last year, Scott had a four-shot lead coming down the stretch, but he bogeyed Nos. 15-18 and let Ernie Els capture his second claret jug.
This year was different, starting three shots behind overnight leader Lee Westwood, but by the back nine Scott was in a familiar leading position, aiming to become the first player since Padraig Harrington (2008) to win two majors in the same season.
Once again, though, he came up short at the Open.
“I’m happy with my week, other than I didn’t win,” he said. “But I lived up to my expectations of putting myself in contention with a chance. It will just have to go down in my experience book and something to build on again.”