MIAMI: Adam Scott stumbled with a chance to all-but ensure himself of becoming world number one, leaving Matt Every to claim his first PGA title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Reigning Masters champion Scott, who led by a record seven strokes through 36 holes and by three when the day began, struggled to a final-round four-over par 76 and settled for third.
“I really think the putting let me down,” Scott said on Sunday. “I am annoyed I didn’t putt at all today. Poor, just out of sorts for whatever reason.”
Scott, the first Australian to win the Masters green jacket, would likely have dethroned Tiger Woods atop the rankings days before he defended his first major crown next month at Augusta National.
Instead, tearful Every secured his first-ever berth at the Masters with an emotional comeback triumph by firing a final-round 70.
“It’s hard. It’s tough,” Every said as he wiped away tears. “You never know if it’s going to happen. It’s nice to get it done.”
Adam Scott hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitation …
Every won in his 93rd US PGA start, his best prior finishes being runner-up efforts in 2012 at the Texas Open and Children’s Miracle network Classic.