Adam Scott gutted with US Open slide

Adam Scott has lamented a sloppy finish on his closing back nine of the US Open at Pebble Beach.

ADAM SCOTT of Australia plays his shot from the eighth tee during the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
ADAM SCOTT of Australia plays his shot from the eighth tee during the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Picture: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

An emotional Adam Scott has blasted himself for stumbling while in contention at the US Open.

But after squandering another chance at the majors, the former world No.1 has vowed to undergo a thorough post-mortem before next month's British Open.

He started the final round at Pebble Beach eight shots behind 54-hole leader Gary Woodland, whose 69 on Sunday earned a 13-under-par (271) total and a three-shot win from defending champion Brooks Koepka (68).

But Scott made a run for the ages on Sunday - rattling off an eagle and four birdies in a brilliant first 12 holes.

The wheels came off spectacularly after that.

Scott flared his tee shot out of bounds right on the 13th hole, which led to a double-bogey six.

The 2013 Masters winner showed guts by responding with birdie on the par-5 14th, but two three-putt bogeys at the 16th and 17th sealed his fate.

At six under, Scott (68) finished tied for seventh with former British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen (72).

"It's hard not to have an emotional verdict at the moment, of course I'm very pissed off with my finish," he said post-round.

The always-honest Scott took ownership of his poor finishing stretch.

He admitted a second consecutive top-10 at the majors, a month after sharing eighth at the US PGA Championship, was not good enough.

Chasing a second career major victory, Scott has been in contention to win the past five majors going back to last year's British Open.

"I'm angry; I want to win one of these so badly. I play so much consistent golf," he said.

Scott finished third at last year's PGA Championship and shared the 36-hole lead at this year's Masters at Augusta.

"But that's kind of annoying; I'd almost rather miss every cut and win one tournament for the year if that win was a major," he said.

Scott will not play in competition until next month's British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

He said he will rigorously examine his performances in the thick of major contention - desperate to lift the famous Claret Jug.

"Everything (in my game) can be just that little bit better," Scott said.

"There are things to work on; marginal things like missing greens with short irons from the fairway.

"I'd like to get in a leading position (at Portrush) and see what I've got.

"It's frustrating when you have to sneak in the back door then finish poorly."

Jason Day's results at the US Open continue to slide after collecting two runner-ups among five top-10s from his first six starts.

A 69 on Sunday left former world No.1 Day tied for 21st at two under, in a group which included 15-time major winner Tiger Woods (69).

Day has missed the cut and failed to finish within the top 20 in the past three US Opens.

Marc Leishman (72) was tied 35th at at one over while Cameron Smith (72) finished eight over.


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