Adam Scott missteps on 16th hole
ADAM Scott had just endured a nightmare on hole No.16 at the US PGA in Rochester today, putting his chances at becoming the first Australian to win two majors in a year at serious risk.
Scott, who started the day equal second with 133, before finishing tied for fifth with a 72, suffered a brain fade late in the afternoon, with shadows lengthening over the tricky final few holes.
American Jim Furyk (who shot a 68 for a 201 total) led by one shot over Scott's playing partner Jason Dufner going into tomorrow's final round.
On the 16th hole, Scott saw his ball collect some tree branches with his wide iron shot, peeling off plenty of distance.
He then two-putted to bogey, and ultimately fall four shots behind Furyk, and three behind Dufner at the close of play.
"I bit off more than I could chew and made a bad mental error. I was grinding all day to be honest," Scott said.
But just when all hope seemed to be rapidly free-falling, Scott could well have kept himself in the tournament on hole 17, with a fighting par.
Once again, the 33-year-old was presented with a block-shot scenario from a poor tee shot which sailed near some trees.
But he recovered with his iron, before sinking a high-pressure 15-foot putt, and fist-pumping his approval.
"No, you've got to build yourself up to stand there and know that this is maybe your last shot at the tournament. It can slip away," Scott said when asked if he tried calming himself after his nightmare on the 16th.
"(Hole) 18 is no pushover. You hit a bad drive down there and a bogey's staring you right in the face.
"You have got to stand there and hit the putt like it is the last one to win the tournament."
Scott will take that same fighting attitude into tomorrow's final round, while dismissing his +2 effort yesterday.
"Hopefully today was my day off and I can come back tomorrow really sharp," he said.
The man with arguably the best swing in world golf said he is feeling no outside pressure to make history by winning tomorrow.
"It (pressure) will be only from myself. It's a different story if you are leading or close to it," he said.