Scott struggles with putter, grinds his way to 72

Adam Scott fired an even-par 72 to finish the Masters at 1 over, in a tie for 14th.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Adam Scott was happy with his position after 36 holes at the 2014 Masters, sitting four shots behind Bubba Watson with plenty of tough golf ahead of him.

And then Saturday afternoon's front nine happened, and the defending champion basically had played his way out of the tournament.

"Without overanalyzing it, it's always a bit here or there, but a poor nine holes on Saturday stopped all my momentum and had me on the back foot – and I just couldn't go anywhere from there," Scott said after a final-round, even-par 72 that left him T-14 at 1 over for the tournament.

"And that's what it's like at majors. You're nine good holes from winning it and nine bad holes from being out of it."

Scott pointed to his putting as the issue over the final 36 holes, needing 35 putts Saturday and another 29 Sunday.

"It's not been my best week with the putter. My pace was off on the long putts," said Scott. "And when it gets on fire around here, you're going to have a lot of long putts. And I left so much work with them, that nothing was talking distance. And I missed my share of them and had some three‑putts, and it just makes it very hard to have really good scores every day around here."

In 13 appearances at Augusta National, Scott has failed to break 70 over an entire weekend seven times.

He walked away disappointed, yet in awe of the week that he experienced as the defending champion.

"I've enjoyed the week thoroughly. I mean, it's been a week I'll never forget. The experiences I've had in playing a tournament as the defending champion and as a champion, and all the ovations that you receive around here is amazing memories for me," said Scott.

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