PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | For 16 holes Thursday, Adam Scott appeared be on cruise control around TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course.
Scott was 6-under par, leading the Players Championship by a stroke and congratulating his playing companion Sergio García on the hole-in-one he made at the par-3 17th while Scott watched.
A few minutes later, Scott was signing his scorecard with a pair of closing double bogeys for an opening 70 that showed again how quickly things came turn nasty here.
“I played some good golf out there and unfortunately not on the last two. It happens,” Scott said.
Trouble started at the dangerous 17th. Scott saw Garcia’s ace and followed him to the tee.
“Cool shot. I mean, how good to have a hole-in-one there? It’s awesome. Unfortunately, followed by rinsing it,” Scott said.
His wedge shot landed on the right front section of the island but kicked back into the water.
He followed that double bogey by hitting his tee shot into the trees to the right of the 18th fairway. Scott studied his options and couldn’t find a good one. He elected to attempt a high cut shot toward the green. He got the high part right.
“I didn’t have any other shot,” Scott said. “I just didn’t believe there was any way I could go anywhere but there, go up over and have it cut a little bit, but it just didn’t cut.”