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Firestone a measure for Woods, Scott
Adam Scott closed strong at Firestone a year ago to win his first World Golf Championship. The Australian is more known as the guy who threw away a chance to win his first major two weeks at the British Open, when he made bogey on his last four holes to lose a four-shot lead and finish as the runner-up to Ernie Els.
How does he recover from that? Scott made it sound like he was well on his way.
“There wasn’t that much healing for me,” Scott said. “My game is in really great shape, and I just took a few days to rest up, and I certainly analyzed the last few holes a little bit and took out of it what I wanted, and then just though about how great I played. I felt like it was my week, and I played like a champion, but … I played four poor holes at the end, and you can’t win and do that.
“It’s just motivation for me,” he said. “I think I’m on the right track. Keep doing what I’m doing and I can get myself more chances like that.”
Scott headed to his home in the Swiss Alps and spent most of the time on the couch _ his own, not one belonging to a psychologist. That’s what he usually does after a major, only this time he was occupied with phone calls and text messages of support.
The first call came from Greg Norman, his golfing mentor and someone who knows about major heartache. There were text messages from Els, and even one from Rory McIlroy, who a year ago blew a four-shot lead at the Masters with an 80 in the last round.
“The pain is there, I know that,” Els said. “But he’s handling it unbelievably well, and I truly think that he now believes he can win multiple majors. He had an opportunity. It didn’t quite happen his way. But if you look back, Nick Price in the early `80s did the same, basically gifted Tom Watson one at Troon. And there’s been quite a few situations like that. So he’s not the only one.
“And he’s young enough where he can bounce back and win quite a few.”
McIlroy bounced back from his devastating final round at Augusta National by winning the next major with a record score at Congressional in the U.S. Open.
“I sort of felt like I knew how he was feeling,” McIlroy said. “I just said to him, `Don’t let the last four holes hide the fact that you played better than everyone else for the first 68. … It’s tough. It’s a tough loss. At that moment in time, you think it’s the only chance you’re ever going to get, and your whole world came crashing down. But in reality, Adam is such a great player that he’s going to have plenty of chances to win more major championships.”
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