Watson And Adam Scott Falter On Back Nine At Memorial
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[June 02, 2014]
(Reuters) - Bubba Watson and Adam
Scott between them have won the past three Masters, but that did not
stop them from costly mistakes when victory beckoned at the Memorial
tournament in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday.
Showing once again how difficult it is even for the best players
to close the deal, Watson hit poor tee shots on consecutive holes
and dropped three strokes in the process to eventually finish one
shot behind winner Hideki Matsuyama at Muirfield Village.
The long-hitting American missed the fairway with an iron at the
par-four 14th, and from the punishing rough could not reach the
green and settled for bogey.
That was no disaster, but worse followed at the par-five 15th, where
the left-hander hooked his tee shot out-of-bounds into the yard of a
“I played good, so hopefully the media doesn’t say I (am in) a slump
after the Masters,” a defensive Watson, who less than two months ago
earned his second green jacket, told reporters.
“I made one bad decision. If I hit four-wood off the tee instead of
driver (at the 15th), we make five and win, but I made double
(bogey) so we lost by one.
“I don’t see my swing as being loose. I made one bad decision.”
World number one Scott, who just one week ago won a playoff at the
Crowne Plaza Invitational, threatened to make it two wins in a row.
But his misjudged tee shot at the par-three 12th found a hazard and
led to a double bogey, and he also found a greenside bunker at the
14th to drop a shot, the first of three successive bogeys.
Scott had an extremely unlucky break when his wedge at the 15th
clattered against the pin and ricocheted back off the front of the
green, 20 yards away, instead of settling close for a possible
The Australian finished three shots behind after a 71.
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Meanwhile, South Korean-born American Kevin Na, who lost the playoff
to Matsuyama after driving into a creek, lamented that a final round
64 was not enough to win.
“The playoff obviously was a train wreck,” said Na, whose lone tour
win came in 2011.
“It’s really frustrating. I can’t seem to get (another) win. Maybe I
need to pray more.”
(Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry
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