ORLANDO, Fla. – Following two weeks of dodging bullets, a penchant for big numbers finally caught up to Adam Scott at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Scott made an early surge Saturday after beginning the round nine shots back, and at 5 under amid rainy conditions he had the low round of the day going when he stepped to the 18th tee. But his approach shot found the water, and after a closing triple bogey he settled for a 2-under 70 that left him at 6 under for the week.
Scott survived a third-round quadruple bogey en route to winning the Honda Classic, and he successfully navigated a pair of final-round doubles at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. But his latest big number will likely prove too big of a setback as he looks to win his third straight start.
“It was really good conditions early on, aside from the last 40 minutes, and unfortunately the 18th got me,” Scott said. “Doubles and triples and quads are catching up with me.”
Scott was in the early mix after opening with a 67, but he fell back with a second-round 73 that included a watery double bogey on the par-5 sixth hole. Despite the big numbers, he sees plenty of positives about his performance through three rounds.
“I mean, it’s been pretty good. Made a double and a triple, it’s pretty costly,” Scott said. “If it’s not for that, I’m right there. I think it’s easy to be critical of everything, but I think my game is pretty good so I’ll just try and tighten it up a little bit.”