Date: November 21, 2013
Author: Martin Blake / Royal Melbourne Golf Club

“Away with the fairies” costs Scott

Adam Scott said a moment &apos&aposaway with the fairies&apos&apos cost him dearly at Royal Melbourne today, but the Australian refuses to rule himself out of contention in the World Cup of Golf. Scott&aposs quintuple-bogey nine at the par-four 12th hole was his worst single-hole score in a PGA Tour event since 2007, and he ended up carding a four-over par 75 in the opening round of the $8 million tournament. It threatens not only his streak of wins but Australia&aposs chances in the team event, despite Jason Day was playing nicely. Scott carved a two-iron tee shot into the mulga down the right of the 12th, having started steadily. He reloaded with a provisional ball, using the same club, but hit that right as well. With various people helping in the search, only the second ball could be found, but it was unplayable anyway. The first tee shot never turned up, meaning that Scott needed to go back to the tee and play it as his fifth shot. He went through the green with his approach, failed to get up and down, and had to write a 9 on the card. In tour events, he has only ever had one worse hole — the 10 he carded on a par-five 10th hole at Doral in Florida in 2007. He has taken nine on a hole four times previously. “Yes, just a couple of lazy swings today on 12, and you know, (I) paid the price,&apos&apos he said afterward. “Just away with the fairies on that hole.&apos&apos The Queenslander admitted he was feeling fatigue. “Could be. It&aposs a little disappointing to do that, but stuff can happen. That&aposs why when you play good tracks like this you need to be switched on all day. I paid the price today.&apos&apos While he is nine shots from the lead held by Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, Scott said the leaders were unlikely to bolt away on Royal Melbourne&aposs super-fast greens. “The greens have firmed up big time. It&aposs playing like Royal Melbourne should. Some putts are really getting your attention out there. I played pretty good. I was under the hole most of the day and obviously I dropped all of my shots on that hole. “I don&apost think you&aposll have to (shoot low). If the weather&aposs like this, the greens are getting baked out again today like they have the last couple of days. I think it&aposs going to play tougher and tougher and I don&apost think scores are going to be that great. If I can plug away at it, I&aposll maybe play my way back into it.&apos&apos Scott was philosophical about the horror hole. “If I hit two nice shots and two nice putts there, we just go ho-hum. It&aposs just another day, that&aposs how I&aposm going to look at it, and I think I can claw my way back in. Hopefully by back-nine Sunday I&aposm thinking I might have a chance with a good nine holes.&apos&apos PROGRESS LEADERBOARD 1 Kevin Streelman USA -6 14 2 Thomas Bjorn DEN -5 F 3 Stuart Manley WAL -4 F 3 Choi K.J. KOR -4 F 3 Martin Laird SCO -4 F 3 Jason Day AUS -4 14 7 Ricardo Santos POR -2 F 7 Bernd Wiesberger AUT -2 15