Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Scott stressing precollapse excellence

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Adam Scott's tee shot on the 12th hole at the Ocean Course sailed down the middle of the fairway, and he started walking toward his ball alongside his playing partner — Ernie Els.

So much for forgetting about that British Open.

Less than a month after gifting Els a major championship with a late collapse at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Scott practiced with him Wednesday, a day before the start of the PGA Championship. The 32-year-old Aussie is hoping for a better finish at Kiawah Island, but he isn't hiding from his British Open failure.

After giving away a four-shot lead with bogeys on the last four holes, helping Els win the tournament, Scott is confident in his ability to hold on this week if he ends up in a similar spot.

"If I was in that position again, I'd feel like I'm playing pretty good, so at that point, I'd be quite confident," Scott said. "I've generally been a good closer of golf tournaments in my career. If I was in that position, I'd like to turn it around this time and close the golf tournament out."

Els sounded almost guilty after benefiting from his friend's slide. He tried to be encouraging afterward; still is, actually.

"I've known Adam since he's come out here 10 years ago, and we have got a pretty good, close relationship," Els said. "He's a good friend of the family and of mine. If he needs any help to win a major, I'll definitely give it to him. If he needs any encouragement, I'll give it to him."

As for Scott, he feels bad that his troubles took some of the joy out of Els' victory.

"It was kind of a shame, because he should have been so happy and he felt a little sorry for me, and that's not the way you want to win," Scott said. "We have spoken a couple times since, but not really about anything specific. Just being the friend he is, he just was concerned about how I was doing. I assured him that I'm doing fine and ready to get on with it."

Scott's next tournament was at Firestone last weekend. He finished tied for 45th.

No matter. He says it was a bit therapeutic to be on the course playing again.

"I think probably it took last week, getting back out and playing, to kind of shake it off fully," Scott said. "I was ready to play last week and didn't play that well and lost my rhythm slightly throughout the round with my swing. But I think now, I've got one out of the system."

Still seeking his first major champion­ship, Scott has been impressive this year, finishing tied for eighth at the Masters and tied for 15th at the U.S. Open.

His British Open looked like another step forward until his string of bogeys that culminated in a 7-foot putt he missed on No. 18 that could have forced a playoff.

"I played maybe the best golf of my career for the whole week, really," Scott said. "Unfortunately, I didn't get a win. But even with the last four holes, taking it as a whole, I played spectacular golf for such a long period of time in a major championship."

It just didn't last for all 72 holes.

. fast facts

PGA Championship

When/where: Today-Sunday, Kiawah Island, S.C.

Purse: $8 million

Defending champion: Keegan Bradley

TV: Today-Friday, 1 p.m., TNT; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m., TNT, and 2 p.m., Ch. 10

. fast facts

This week on Tour

PGA: PGA Championship, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, S.C. TV: Today-Friday, 1 p.m., TNT; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m., TNT, 2 p.m., Ch. 10.

LPGA: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio. TV: None. Price Cutter Charity Championship, Highland Springs Country Club, Springfield, Mo. TV: None.

.fast facts

PGA Championship

When/where: Today-Sunday, Kiawah Island, S.C.

Purse: $8 million

Defending champion: Keegan Bradley

TV: Today-Friday, 1-7 p.m., TNT; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., TNT, and 2-7 p.m., Ch. 10

Scott stressing precollapse excellence 08/08/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 10:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. With trade freeze over, Lightning could be active


    With the dust settling on the expansion draft saga, the Lightning can now focus on addressing some of its needs.

  2. NBA draft: Jonathan Isaac could make FSU history tonight


    Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac will probably hear his name called early in tonight's NBA draft.

  3. USF walk-on tight end Palmore faces charge of credit card fraud


    A University of South Florida football player faces charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and petit theft following his arrest by Temple Terrace police on Monday.

    USF senior tight end Adrian Palmore faces charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and petit theft after his arrest by Temple Terrace police on June 19, 2017. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Rowdies defender gets the call to represent Jamaica


    ST. PETERSBURG —- Damion Lowe has loved his first season with the Rowdies but has some other soccer-related business that might pull him away for a bit.

    Family business, too.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies defender Damion Lowe collides with Louisville City FC forward Luke Spencer earlier this year.
  5. Sarasota's Scooter Gennett: Utility man turned historic slugger

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — On June 10, 2009, the Brewers selected a Sarasota High School shortstop in the 16th round of the MLB draft. He'd assembled an impressive resume in prep ball, but as one of more than 1,500 players drafted that year, he had a tough road to the big leagues.

    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (4) of Sarasota makes the throw to first as Rays DH Trevor Plouffe (14) grounds into a double play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Monday, June 19, 2017. For Gennett, the three-game series this week with the Rays was his first trip back to Tampa Bay since his historic four-home run game June 6, 2017 against St. Louis. DIRK SHADD   |   Times