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Despite Sunday Skid, Scott’s Glass Half Full

ORLANDO, FLORIDA | Walking into the interview room Wednesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Adam Scott turned to an acquaintance and asked, “Did Arnold just finish in here?”
Scott effectively answered his own question when he glanced through a pair of glass doors and saw the tournament host continuing to hold court – and pose for photographs – outside.
“Tough act to follow,” Scott said with a smile.
The next morning, Scott would go out and shoot a 10-under-par 62 at Arnie’s Bay Hill Club despite fighting the effects of the flu or allergy season or whatever it is that has been making the rounds recently.
And because he’s Adam Scott, he made it look uncluttered and graceful.
No one heard him cough. No one saw him wipe his nose.
Even Arnie was impressed.
By the time Friday turned to Saturday, Scott was feeling better and sitting on a seven-stroke lead. What could possibly go wrong?
A little of everything. Flagsticks went hiding. Putts quit falling. Sharp turned to dull.
And Matt Every came along, reminding us again why tournaments are 72 holes. He was nine strokes behind Scott after two rounds and four back starting Sunday but he found the momentum Scott lost during the weekend and rode it to his first PGA Tour victory. Every has the tear-stained cheeks to prove it.
Scott’s Sunday was reminiscent of how Rory McIlroy couldn’t close out the Honda Classic on the final nine holes three weeks earlier. McIlroy dunked a fairway bunker shot in the water to hasten his demise. Scott, putting for eagle from 22 feet to regain a share of the lead, three-putted the 16th hole Sunday, the deepest of a dozen or so paper cuts on his scorecard.
When a final-round 73 would have won the tournament for Scott, he shot 76.


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