Adam Scott recalls his close call in '04

Adam Scott recalls his close call in ’04

Adam Scott
Fred Vuich/SI

The Situation:
Leading Padraig Harrington by two shots
with a hole to play, Adam Scott appeared to
have the 2004 Players Championship well
in hand — until he pulled his approach into
the water hazard guarding the green at the
par-4 18th at TPC Sawgrass.

“I had
a six-iron and was
trying to punch the ball onto the
right side of the green, take a couple
of putts and get the win.

I was
amazed to see that shot go left.
My first thought after that was,
We have a chip and a putt for bogey and the win.

That’s what I told my caddie because I didn’t want
him to be worried. It was a tough shot. I was pitching
off a tight lie to a three-tiered green. I had to
pitch it to the middle tier and let it run to the top.

was a little nervous because at the start of the week,
I could hardly hit that shot. I worked with Greg Norman
on it in practice and felt a lot better. I got it to
about 10 feet and was pretty happy with that. I was
so calm over the putt — I don’t know why. I surprised
myself by how calm I was. It was a strange feeling.

I saw the line right away. I have watched players
on television lose leads and thought, When I get in
that position, I’ll never do that — and here I was. You
have to will that ball into the hole sometimes, and
that’s what I did. It went right in the middle.”

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