A bogey-free 66 at Colonial and feeling “disappointed” don’t happen on the same day for most golfers, but such was the case for the world’s no. 1 player Saturday.
Adam Scott shot four birdies through the first eight holes after his 9:41 a.m. tee time, but parred the final 10 holes to finish four-under on the day. He said he lost his early momentum.
“On 11 I had an opportunity to get it up and down out of a green-side trap for birdie and I didn’t,” he said. “That was almost like giving one away there.”
Scott landed in the right front bunker on his second shot on the par 5 eleventh hole, and chipped out of the sand to within six feet of the cup. He couldn’t get the birdie putt to fall, tapping in for his third straight par after an eighth-hole birdie.
“If you don’t pick up one in the next couple holes, your momentum is gone,” Scott said. “They don’t give away birdies out there.”
Scott squandered another birdie opportunity on the 18th and final hole, as his approach dropped within 17 feet of the pin. His birdie putt missed by a foot, and he tapped in for a tenth consecutive par to round out his third round, finishing the day five-under for the tournament, two strokes off the lead with a lot of players left on the course.
“There was an opportunity for a low one and I got off to the good start, I just couldn’t keep it going the whole way. I’m a little disappointed not to be a couple [strokes] better than I was today,” he said.
Course conditions set up low scores
Scott said the opportunity to shoot low Saturday was due in large part to the course conditions. Despite seemingly threatening clouds rolling in over Fort Worth, the rain held off through the mid afternoon.
“The conditions were good out there today, probably the least amount of wind of all the days so far and the greens are still receiving shots,” he said.
With temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s on an overcast day, David Toms, who shot a five-under par, said the cloud cover and absence of wind made it easier to attack the course Saturday.
Scott said the location of some “tucked away” pins forced him to be careful. Hideki Matsuyama, who shot a six-under par 64 Saturday, said the pin placements helped him sink six birdies on the day.
“The pin placements were receivable,” he said through a translator after his bogey-free round. “I was able to see the lines better to the greens.”
Matsuyama moved into a tie for the lead at the conclusion of his round. While a six-under was the second lowest round from the early tee times, Matsuyama said he’ll have to shoot even lower Sunday to contend for the plaid jacket.
“It’ll take at least ten-under,” he said.