WHO says Adam Scott can’t putt – he has just holed a 50 footer on the third playoff hole to win the Byron Nelson Championship US PGA Tour event in Texas.
Scott was questioned about his putting before leaving for the US to contest the Masters and join the tour and said he didn’t believe it was a nemesis.
The Queensland golfer said he had been using the one putter for two years and didn’t feel a need to find a new stroke.
“Unlike a lot of guys, I only have six putters in my collection,” he reportedly told an interviewer from Pacific Golfer.
Scott rejected suggestions from some quarters that his putting was the reason he had never won a Major, pointing out he finished 30th in the putting on the US Tour last year.
“I guess it’s because I have had a couple of patches in my career when I have putted poorly,” he said. ‘But then I don’t think that putting poorly got me to number three in the world either.”
Coming into the final round of the $6.83 million Byron Nelson in Dallas, Scott had a three stroke lead but struggled early and frittered it away.
He faced defeat when he trailed American Ryan Moore with one hole left in regulation, but made a three metre birdie putt to force a play off.
Failing take advantage in the first two playoff holes, Scott then faced his monster put. Reportedly, it was almost 16 metres, up over a ridge and downhill to the hole with a couple of metres of break on the way.
When the ball dropped into the back of the cup, Scott had secured his 14th professional victory and sixth on the US PGA Tour, though not quite the way he had planned to finish.
“I dug it out of nowhere,” he said of the putt. “Obviously, I found my range on the third play-off hole. I was hitting it too close on the other ones, so I got away with one, I think, today.”
That particular putter, you would think, is staying in the collection.