Scott chokes at Bay Hill
March 23, 2014
By Dan Daly
I’m going out on a limb and guessing every sports fan in America spent the weekend watching the strangest/most exciting/most shocking/most (fill in the blank) opening weekend of the NCAA tournament I can ever remember. Myself included. So let me give you the cliff notes of what you missed at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Adam Scott opened the tournament Thursday with a course record-tying 62 to take a 3-shot lead on the field and maintained his status as the best looking golfer on Tour all at the same time.
In fact he basically re-wrote the record books at Bay Hill by taking a seven-shot lead after 36 holes and all but had his name engraved on the trophy. Even after a less than stellar Saturday he still held a three shot lead over Keegan Bradley and seemed poise to take over the world number 1 ranking from Tiger the week of the Masters. But somewhere along the way Adam Scott’s putter thought it was the 2012 British Open again. Down by one shot on Sunday he three putted for par on the par-5 16th and missed a 6-footer for par on 17…and they weren’t even close. In fact, Scott made five bogeys on Sunday and he didn't make a single birdie over the last 14 holes en route to a complete meltdown (76) handing the tournament to Matt Every.
Who is Matt Every?
Well, until Sunday, most golf fans only knew him as the guy that was arrested and thrown in jail on a misdemeanor drug possession charge at the 2010 John Deere Classic after police were called to his casino hotel room because neighbors complained that it smelled like a Grateful Dead concert. Every was suspended for three-month’s which kept him from retaining his PGA Tour card. That suspension lead to one of the most awkward interviews ever conducted on The Golf Channel upon his return.
You don't say? As for Scott and the number 1 ranking? That will be officially up for grabs again at Augusta between Woods, Scott and Henrik Stenson…but more on that in a few weeks.
The good news for Adam Scott is of course the fact that when he wakes Monday morning he will still be Adam Scott. He is still the reigning Masters Champion, still ranked number 2 in the world, still has more money than he knows what to do with and flew home on his private jet to have consolation sex with two or three of the most beautiful women on the planet.
He will be just fine.
In other news, I have finally found the only thing worse than the PGA Tour app…and that’s the PGA Tour website. The old site was great. The new site is like eye candy…except whatever the exact opposite of that is. My god, that thing makes my eyes bleed. I tried to give it a month or so and not get on my “jump to conclusions mat” right away but the more time on spend on it the more time I would rather watch Miley Cyrus make out with a wrecking ball. Was the guy that signed off on the new web design the same guy that signed off on increasing the speed of the Titanic? Sometimes in life you just have look in the mirror, admit when something is a complete failure and pull the plug. For the PGA Tour…that time is now.
Congratulations to Rory McIlroy, you are now officially off the hook for the lamest “medical” WD on the PGA tour in the past five years. That honor now belongs to Bubba Watson who posted a solid opening round 83 but WD immediately afterwards citing “allergies” as his reason for being unable to play in round two. Really Bubba? It wasn’t the 83, or the smooth 11 you made on the par-5 6th that kept you from round two…it was allergies? You couldn’t have at least waited to see how you felt 24 hours later? Got it.
Three final thoughts regarding the NCAA tournament.
1. We know your bracket is screwed, there is absolutely no need to remind us after every game again and again and again. There is a reason Warren Buffet was willing to put up a Billion Dollars for a perfect bracket.
2. As I said last week, the National Champion will be determined by the winner of the East Bracket (my money is still on Virginia) and Florida.
3. I say this every year and stand by it every year. The happiest Jim Nantz sounds during every game is the 30 seconds he gets to read the Masters promo with the music in the background. He sounds like a 5 year old sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall telling him what he wants for Christmas.
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