As Adam Scott painfully discovered, winning on the PGA Tour is more difficult than ever. Or Every.
There was a time – and not so long ago – when successful veteran players on a Sunday had little to fear from their younger and less-experienced counterparts when it came time to race down the stretch and win.
But all it takes is a hiccup from top-ranked players for someone from the pack to hunt them down and win a title. And the reason for that is fear, or lack thereof.
Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Russell Henley, Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed and now Matt Every have such belief in themselves and their games that it doesn’t matter who is in the lead on Sunday – Adam Scott or whomever – they are certain they have what it takes to close out the final round and hold the trophy.
As for Scott, I was asked today whether Adam choked, sputtered or just ran out of gas on Sunday at Bay Hill. I didn’t really know and it was hard to say. After shooting 62-68 the first two days, it’s awfully difficult to keep up that pace for four days. But he certainly could have done better than 76 on Sunday when 73 would have won him the tournament.
But when you get going the wrong way, sometimes it’s tough to stop. And when you have good, younger players coming up from behind, you just can’t stumble any more and still win. It’s just too hard.