US PGA Tour: Adam Scott in US Open nightmare
ADAM Scott has appeared at 67 straight major tournaments, but a poor finish at Memorial on Monday morning means he’s staring down the barrel of a 17-year first at the US Open.
AAPJune 4, 20188:08am
ADAM Scott’s US Open hopes remain in limbo after a poor finish to the US PGA Tour’s Memorial tournament in Ohio.
Scott began the final day at the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event six shots off the lead and tied for 11th, needing a top-five finish to have any hope of sneaking inside the top 60 golfers who automatically qualify on June 11 for Shinnecock Hills via the world rankings.
But the former Masters winner squandered his chance with a one-over-par 73 that dropped Scott into a share of 35th at seven-under, eight shots behind a three-man playoff won by Bryson DeChambeau.
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After his round, a frustrated Scott, currently ranked world No.65, declined to speak with reporters.
But Scott told US PGA Tour officials he was ‘undecided’ on whether he would tee up in sectional qualifying for the US Open on Monday, as the former world No.1 is listed on the tee sheet for the Columbus, Ohio site.
If the 37-year-old withdraws from the gruelling 36-hole qualifier, his only hope at booking a place in the field at Shinnecock Hills is to head to Memphis, Tennessee for this week’s FedEx St Jude Classic.
Scott would need a high finish to move inside the top 60 before the US Open field is all but finalised the day after the St Jude Classic concludes.
He is determined to qualify for the US Open and keep his remarkable active streak in the majors alive.
Having played every major since the 2001 British Open, Scott’s 67 straight is second only to Sergio Garcia (75).
Also falling down the leaderboard on the final day at Muirfield Village was Scott’s fellow Australian Jason Day.
Day, a Columbus resident and member at Muirfield Village, ensured his poor record at Memorial continued having dropped two shots during a 74 to fall to four-under, sharing 44th.
In ten appearances at Muirfield Village, Day’s only top-25 result came last year when he tied for 15th.
The former world No.1 lamented his inability to ‘connect the dots’ at his home event, where he is desperate to hoist the trophy.
“It is one of the tournaments you hand pick as one you really want to win,” said Day, who has two US Tour wins this year.
“I live here, so it’s even more special with friends and family watching.
“It does frustrate me as I know how to play well here.
“But when it comes to the tournament, I haven’t been able to connect the dots.
“It’d be nice to go up and finally shake Mr Nicklaus’ hand and go through the motions as a (Memorial) winner.”
Rounding out the Australian contingent was Marc Leishman, who shot 76 to sink to one-under the card and a tie for 62nd.
Originally published as U.S. Open nightmare: Scott’s 17-year majors streak in jeopardy