After Bay Hill Break Down, an Augusta Tune Up for Adam Scott

Adam Scott reacts to a missed putt Sunday at Bay Hill.

Adam Scott reacts to a missed putt Sunday at Bay Hill. Adam Scott reacts to a missed putt Sunday at Bay Hill. (Chris O'Meara/AP)


For Adam Scott, better memories lie down Magnolia Lane.
Fresh off his lost weekend at Bay Hill, where he squandered a seven-shot lead, it’s off to Augusta for the defending Masters’ champ, who says he’ll spend the next two days tuning up his game in preparation for the year’s first major.
“If nothing else, it’s a good reminder of how much putting practice I need to do for going to the Masters and just how important it is,” Scott told Golf Channel.

He was referring to his struggles down the stretch at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he closed with a 76 and finished in third place. Bedeviled by a balky broomstick, Scott racked up 63 putts over the weekend at Arnie’s event -- this after shooting a 62 in his opening round. His disappointing showing was low-lighted by a three-putt on the par-five 16th hole Sunday, where he narrowly missed an eagle then blew the short come-backer.
Last year at Augusta, Scott wasn’t the best putter in the field either (he was 39th in putting for the event) but he made the ones that really mattered, including a clinching birdie on the second playoff hole.
“If I think back to last year, I made every putt that you expect to in that last round and ultimately that’s maybe what gave me the chance to win," he said.
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