Scott: British Open defeat hurt more in 2013


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – As Adam Scott struggled down the stretch at last month’s Open Championship, the second consecutive year the Australian bogeyed four consecutive holes late on Sunday in his quest for the claret jug, conventional wisdom suggested that because he’d ended his Grand Slam drought this year at Augusta National another major miss would be easier to stomach.

So much for conventional wisdom.

“I felt that I had a bit of momentum going my way ... in the space of about 45 minutes, to go from leading to not even having a chance on the 16th tee was more disappointing, probably more so than at (the 2012 Open Championship),” said Scott, who tied for third and was four shots behind Phil Mickelson at Muirfield.

Scott bogeyed four consecutive, starting at the 13th hole at Muirfield, much like his late miscue at Royal Lytham in 2012 when he closed his week with four consecutive bogeys to finish a stroke behind Ernie Els.

Scott also dismissed the notion that now that he has a major on his resume he is more relaxed when he makes a Grand Slam start.

“I was still really nervous at the U.S. Open and I was still really nervous at the Open. I haven't won those ones,” he said on Tuesday at Oak Hill. “Maybe it will be different when I go to the Masters next year, I might relax. I'm really nervous to play this week, as well, because I'd like to win here.”