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World Cup of Golf: Adam Scott Cards Quintuple-Bogey
Adam Scott carded a quintuple-bogey in his first round at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne today, putting a dent in Australia’s chances of winning the competition on home soil.
The World No.2’s uncharacteristic blunder left him carding a nine on the par-4 twelfth, eventually finishing on +4. Teammate Jason Day fared somewhat better with -3.
27-year-old Day kept his word that he would attend the event following the terrible events in the Philippines, and the crowd greeted him with a measure of glee and solemn respect.
Adam Scott’s disheartening performances began on the tee when his drive went awry, slanting off to the right. His provisional drive ended up even worse and was unplayable, which forced him to tee up for a third time where he found light rough with what went down officially as his fifth shot.
Scott then missed the green over the back with his approach (shot number six), chipped with his seventh and then two-putted.
Afterwards Scott told reporters: "Just a couple of lazy swings today on 12 and I paid the price. I was just away with the fairies on that hole.
"It's golf, it's going to happen. You just can't play good all the time. If I can plug away at it I'll maybe claw my way back into it."
The biggest winner of the day came from Thomas Bjorn and America’s Kevin Streelman, who both carded -5. England’s Danny Willett finished on -2, while his playing partner Chris Wood shot +4.
As it stands, Denmark and America lead the competition on -5 with Australia trailing behind on +1, with England on +2.