ADAM SCOTT was still in contention halfway through the final round of the 2011 World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship in Florida today before a disastrous double bogey sealed his fate.
“I wasn’t quite firing on all cylinders but I said to myself on the 12th tee, I can still win from here,” Scott said later.
“I hit a poor drive and really made a meal of it from there,” he said.
The Queenslander started the day three strokes behind overnight leader Dustin Johnson and battled down the final stretch to finish with a one under par 71 and equal sixth.
That put him five strokes behind winner Nick Watney, who birdied the deadly 18th hole for a two stroke win over fellow American Johnson.
Watney’s final round 67 gave him a tournament tally of 16 under to claim his first WGC event and his third US PGA Tour title.
Scott was delighted with his success with his new broomstick putter, missing from just once inside five feet all week.
The next best Australian was Robert Allenby who finished with a 68 to be
tied for 15th on seven-under.
The highlight of Allenby’s round was an eagle on the par four 11th.
“I didn’t have to line that putt up, which was good,” he quipped. “I had to kick a goal between the trees (in the middle of the fairway). I punched a little three-quarter eight (iron) and it landed perfect and then went up to the hole and in. When it landed I knew it was going to be close.”
Aaron Baddeley hit a 66 in the second round, the best score of the day, to storm to just three points from the leaders, but faded in the final two (73, 74) to finish tied for 28th on three under.
Jason Day and Marcus Fraser finished tied together at 2 over in 45th place and Geoff Ogilvy finished T49 at 3 over.
Peter Senior, the oldest man in the field, will probably be looking on the bright side of having earned a spot and competed. He was a little off the pace finishing at 8 over and T64.
Tiger Woods finished with a 66 to match the day’s best but started the day too far back to ever be in contention.
He finished on 8 under tied for 10th with five others, including Roy McIlroy and Padraig Harrington.