Date: May 11, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Scott plummets as putter freezes

Adam Scott’s horrendous putting has knocked him from the world’s top 10 golfers.

Scott, world No.1 as recently as mid-July last year, will slide to No.11 tomorrow when the Official World Golf Rankings are released after the Players Championship.

Players champion Rickie Fowler and Spain’s Sergio Garcia will both leapfrog the Aussie, whose putting stats went from bad to worse with an awful last-round display at TPC Sawgrass today.

Despite playing with the broomstick putter that took to the pinnacle of the golfing world, Scott had five three-putts en route to a closing 75 as he tumbled from contention to T38 despite some lovely approach work.

The PGA Tour’s Shotlink stats showed Scott three-putted for bogey on the sixth hole from just 11-feet, and then took four to get down from the fringe on the ninth, although the first putt wasn’t technically counted.

What did count, though, were the next three he took from inside three feet on his way to a double-bogey seven.

And that’s when things turned south – quickly.

Scott added another three-putt from 21-feet on the 11th, missed a four-foot birdie putt on the 14th, three-putted again from 49-feet on the 15th (missing the second putt from three feet), before he did the same thing a hole later from 29 feet.

The Queenslander statistically dropped 6.3 shots putting on the field for his final round and still finished just nine shots from the winning score. Historically, the Players champion gains 1.2 strokes per round with the putter.

Clearly miffed with his performance, Scott declined to comment to AAP, other than to say statistics would tell the story.

And sadly for Scott, 34, that is true.

He now ranks 198th of 202 on the PGA Tour’s 3-putt avoidance statistic with 20 in 25 rounds this season. By comparison, world No.1 Rory McIlroy has six in the same number of rounds.

Scott now ranks dead last on Tour in percentage of three-putts from inside five feet – and incredibly, three of the bottom five are Australians with Stuart Appleby 198th and Geoff Ogilvy 201st.

In the all-important strokes gained putting category, Scott slid to 193rd with an average of 0.829 strokes lost per round for a total of 11.609 lost in 14 measured rounds this year.

As a comparison, that stat’s leader is American Jimmy Walker who averages a gain of 0.946 per round and is a total of 33.125 shots on the positive side of the ledger in 35 measured rounds.