Date: April 09, 2007

Appleby rues mistakes

Stuart Appleby believes too many double bogeys cost him a chance of the first major of his career at the US Masters, after he squandered a final-day lead at Augusta on Sunday. Appleby headed into the final round with a one-shot lead but double bogeys on the first and 12th holes saw him slip out of contention. He eventually finished on +5, four shots off the lead in a tie for seventh. “I got off to a bad start with a double, steadied my round, I felt like I played pretty good all day, then had another double on 12. Really if you look at my card over the week I had too many doubles and a triple,” he said. “You can handle bogeys out here, but once you do the big numbers you just walk yourself backwards. It was a tough day, I enjoyed the day, but would have loved a rosier finish.” While Australia&aposs drought at Augusta may have continued Appleby believe the more difficult set-up of the course, with faster greens and tougher pin placements, suits Australian golfers better. “This place does not give you any breaks on the putting greens. If you don&apost have your speed and line right, you&aposre gonna have three three-puts a round,” he said. “I really liked it, it reminded me a lot of Australia. Royal Melbourne and that sort of stuff, firm fast greens feeding the ball to the hole. There were some memories there as a pro starting out.” Geoff Ogilvy, meanwhile, was disappointed with his efforts during the week. He finished in a share of 24th, on +11. He said the fact he could have shot something near the winning score of one-over with the right approach this week had left him feeling flat. “I&aposm not too excited about it to be honest. I think I was playing well enough to shoot the sort of score that was going to win this tournament. Three train wrecks and the rest of it wasn&apost too bad really,” the defending US Open champion said. The train wrecks Ogilvy speaks of came in the form of triple bogeys on the second hole on the opening round and the 12th hole of the final round, as well as a quadruple bogey nine at the 15th on Saturday. Replace them with pars and Ogilvy would have finished on one-over, level with winner Johnson. Adam Scott, who finished a shot behind Ogilvy in equal 27th, was little less harsh on himself, but believed poor starts to each round had cost him. “I played okay, I had bad starts the last three rounds and the way it was set up it was too hard to come back because picking shots up was not easy. I was obviously disappointed with how each of my rounds started out, but I played pretty well,” he said. The first hole proved Scott&aposs nemesis most of the week with a double bogey on Friday, a bogey on Saturday and another double on Sunday. But his final round 72 was his best of the week, and the Queenslander is positive that he will be able to make a serious challenge at the Masters in the near future. Rod Pampling, meanwhile, was cursing his putter after a final round of 76 had him +14 and in a tie for 37th. “I actually played good today, I just couldn&apost make any putts,” he said. “I hit some wayward shots and got penalised. I couldn&apost get anything going early, the putter wasn&apost working.” “It&aposs disappointing. I&aposd played well here the past couple of years. I was looking forward to another good year but things didn&apost come together as I need to, to have a hope of competing.” Aaron Baddeley, who finished his week on +19 after an 80, said he had learnt a lot from his four rounds around one of the world&aposs most famous golf courses. “There was just a couple of times I hit the wrong shot at the wrong time and that&aposs all this golf course is,” he said. “Overall, I feel like I&aposm close to feeling very nice. I learnt alot this week and it should hold me in good stead for next year.”