Those who came close to winning the Masters spoke candidly after their rounds. Here’s a sampling of their words after Sunday’s final round at Augusta National:
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Asked if he felt unlucky when close putts didn’t fall: Yeah, that’s golf. Golf gives and takes. So yeah, sometimes you make those putts, sometimes you just miss them. But that’s golf.
Asked if his experience as a Masters champion helped Sunday: Yeah, I had a lot of peace of mind and I was very confident. I knew that it depended on me. I knew that they can make some birdies, but I still was thinking that it depended on me.
Asked if Adam Scott’s life will change much having won a major: Well, it’s going to change quite a lot, his life. He’s been looking for it, searching for it, this major title. He’s achieved it, so I’m pretty sure his life is going to change really fast right now.
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Asked how much it hurts to come up just short: I love this tournament regardless of where I finish today. It’s obviously an honor to come this week and play and play against the best players in the world and obviously have a shot at winning my first Major and being the first Australian to win the Masters. It’s a little disappointing, but there’s a lot of experience that I can take into next year and hopefully I can wear one of those green jackets soon.
Asked about smiling even when missing shots: I think that that’s just a coping mechanism maybe. I think that if I smile and just try and enjoy myself, when I hit bad shots, I won’t be so disappointed. I play better that way. It was just a few little mental errors here and there, but overall very, very happy about the way I played.
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Asked about the course, his answer included a mention of his target score for the day: I thought 65 would win it outright today. I thought that was going to be the number. And that may do it. Maybe 8 or 9 under. So who knows. If I would have shot my number, it might have been a different story.
Asked about a local newspaper’s photo analysis that seemed to show his infamous drop might have been on the correct spot: I was behind it. . . . Yeah. . . . One, two yards. But it certainly was not as close as the rule says.
On struggling to gauge Augusta’s greens this week: Yeah, I really struggled with the green speeds starting out. I couldn’t believe how much slower they were even this is before it rained. I just couldn’t believe how slow they were starting out. Because yesterday they were so fast and they were crusty, they were running out, and I think the first eight holes I didn’t think I got a putt to the hole. Everything was short or low sided. So finally on 9 I said I’m going to hit this putt past the hole and it just snuck in on the front lip.
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Asked what he’ll take away from his week at Augusta: Well, I know I can put it together for four rounds, probably a lot of guys didn’t expect me to do what I did, and to do that was great. I didn’t finish off the way I would have liked, but I have a lot of positives to take away from it.
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Asked about rebounding from a first-round 78: Well, I didn’t feel like I played bad enough to earn a 78 the first day. But this course is tough and if you get out of position, all of a sudden a big number can appear. But I didn’t feel like I played that bad, so I just kept swinging the same way I did the first day and then it just started to happen the next three days.
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Asked if this year’s final round differed greatly from his troubles in 2008: It’s different. I’m not as crushed as I was in 2008 because I know I’m going to be there again. I know this golf course so well and I putted about as poorly as I could today and I still had a chance on the back nine. So I’m not . . . I’m very disappointed that I didn’t win, but I realize that I’m not that far off from winning this thing. I’m going to do it soon.