Adam Scott admitted inconsistency continues to plague him after a final-day rally came up short at the Australian Masters.
But no sooner had he wiped his brow at Huntingdale, his mind had moved to The Australian for this week’s Emirates Australian Open.
The former world No.1 looked as though he’d leave the Australian Masters field in his wake when he led by five midway through his second round on Friday.
But an uncharacteristic shocker on Saturday left him with a 77 and a mountain he couldn’t quite climb today, coming up three shots behind Peter Senior in outright fifth.
“I played OK (in today’s closing 69),” the Queenslander said.
“It's kind of hard to know after yesterday's (round) left my head spinning a little bit because I just played so poorly.
“(That was) some of the worst golf I've played this year and that was really disappointing.
“But I came out and found something (today). I hit a few drives, found the fairway and that felt good.
“The course played very different today. The greens firmed up and with the pin spots, there was some real what you call Sunday pins — tough to get it close, so it was a big ask to be able to go low today.”
Scott said he would let his Saturday disaster slide, but would try to learn from it before the quest for his second national crown begins on Thursday in Sydney.
“You do have to (let it go). But you have to also analyse where it happened,” he said.
“It's a bit of the story of my golf this year – just that inconsistency.
“OK that was an extreme case, but even when I've been playing well, there have been a few shots here and there errant which have been costly.
“Momentum is such a big thing in a tournament — 27 holes in and I'm running and just a couple bogeys turned things around.
“On tough tournament golf courses, it makes all the difference. It's gone the wrong way this week.
“It's disappointing, but the good golf is good.
“That's what I've got to focus on going into next week.”
Scott had moved to four under overall through six holes today before what proved a critical double-bogey on the par-five seventh.
But the dual Australian Masters champ said he maintained hope until a bogey from a greenside trap on the 15th.
“I felt like if I could post seven (under), maybe after the 14th hole, you just never know. And you still don't know what's going to happen out there. I was trying, but it's a big ask.”
Scott said his putter, aside from Saturday, had behaved well this week.
“Of course I wished I made more, but so does everyone in the field except the bloke who won,” he joked.
“But it leaves me in that competitive mindset, and three pretty good rounds this week, that's how you have to look at it, and one you'd like to forget about it.
“Hopefully that means I'm not far away from four good rounds.
“I'm going to need that next week. It's going to be another tough track. It's going to be testing. I'm going to have to tighten it up just that little bit.
“I'm going to play Tuesday and Wednesday and hopefully get myself exactly where I want to be for Thursday.”