Top-15 finishes aren’t what Adam Scott plays for but he will be pleased enough with a T13 result at this week’s Honda Classic after a horror stretch Thursday saw him sneak into the weekend on the number.
The 2016 champion at PGA National, Scott was one of many victims of the famed ‘Bear Trap’ loop of holes from 15-17 dropping five shots in that stretch on day one to plummet from 2-under and inside the top-10 to 3-over and outside the top-60.
A 2-over 72 Friday saw Scott make the cut on the number but he inched forward over the weekend with rounds of 67-69 to be just 1-over and pass more than 50 players.
With Masters preparations firmly in his mind, Scott will take confidence from the fight back and also the knowledge he wasn’t the only player brought undone by the brutal finish to the course.
He played the ‘Bear Trap’ 7-over for the week but wasn’t alone with more than 30 balls finding the water on the par-3 17th on Friday alone.
Scott and Greg Chalmers were the only other Australians in the field and both made the cut, New Zealand’s Danny Lee starting the tournament but withdrawing midway through the first round.
Chalmers was also at 5-over after 36 holes and like Scott played his best golf at the weekend to move well up the standings.
Scores of 70-67 saw him finish within a shot of his countryman and in a share of 17th, a good effort after the opening two rounds.
Chalmers has struggled in the early part of the season with seven missed cuts in 10 starts, this week’s result easily his best finish and perhaps signalling the beginning of a reversal in form.
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