Scott's putting problems
Friday, August 14, 2009
CHASKA, Minn. – For the latest entry in the “Drive For Show, Putt For Dough” book, we offer Adam Scott.
That was his name atop the driving distance category for Round 1, a robust 324.0 average that even outran the vaunted Alvaro Quiros.
That was also his name well down the score list, an 82 that beat only three players, two of them club pros. It matched Scott’s worst-ever score in a major championship and was brought about by a putting exhibition that was inexplicable.
Scott four-putted the par-4 second for a double-bogey and three times in his back-nine 40 he three-putted. Scott one-putted just three greens, including the 18th where his only birdie of the day saved him from shooting 83.
In all, Scott needed 38 putts, which explains the miserable score despite hitting nine of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens.