Scott’s Aussie stretch hampered by slow starts

A little home cooking hasn’t helped Adam Scott reverse an annoying obstacle to his golf prowess. He opened defense of his Aussie Masters title with a 73 and was six behind, then a week later he started the Aussie Open with a 74 and a seven-stroke deficit.

Even with his massive talents, that’s a lot to overcome, yet Scott in his last 10 tournaments – dating to the Bridgestone Invitational in August – has consistently put himself in catch-up mode right away. In six of those 10 tournaments, Scott has trailed by five or more after the opening 18 holes, and his scoring average is 70.7.

But just as he has fallen behind, Scott has been steadfast in his ability to turn things around. His scoring average for the last 10 tournaments is 68.6 in Round 2, 69.4 in Round 3 and 68.9 in Round 4. Those numbers account for the fact that he has rallied from poor starts to record five top 10s; only once has he been outside the top 16.

Still, Scott surely would love to start fast at the Aussie PGA (Dec. 11-14), which is expected to be his last appearance before taking a break of about 10 weeks.

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