Adam Scott Fires Final Round 64 at Fort Worth Invitational
Adam Scott has good memories of his time in Fort Worth at Colonial Country Club from his victory in 2014 while he was the No. 1 player in the world.
While another plaid jacket and Leonard Trophy were not in the cards this year, Scott will still leave Cowtown with a smile after a final round 6-under (64) that could have been even lower had a few putts dropped.
No. 5 annually plays as the hardest hole at Colonial and this year is no exception, however Scott was so dialed in on Sunday that he birdied after knocking it stiff from 158 yards out.
Scott entered the Fort Worth Invitational week on the heels of a top 10 finish last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson that moved him up to No. 61 in the world rankings. Had he made it into the top 60, he would have been exempt from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in the Hamptons.
Scott is not scheduled to play in sectional qualifying, but he is set to tee it up next week at Muirfield Village for the Memorial Tournament. The top 60 in the world after the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis are exempt for the U.S. Open.
Scott has played in 67 consecutive majors dating back to the 2001 Open Championship.
He joined us to talk about the round and what’s next for the 2013 Masters champion.
JAY BETSILL: Talk about your round today and what it does for you going forward.
ADAM SCOTT: It was a really great round, we always come off and say we could’ve been better, but I really picked the golf course apart and if I had a hot putter today, I could have had a really, really low round. It’s good for the confidence, for sure, I played lovely today, really solid, maybe my best stuff this year.
JB: Are the courses similar enough that you will be able to take this in to next week at the Memorial?
AS: They are sort of similar and I think Memorial really suits me. I have played a lot of good rounds of golf there, never four in a row, but that’ll be the challenge next week. I feel like my game is at the level that if I can just keep it together for four straight days that I’ll be able to contend and that would be really fun for me to get back in the mix. I’ve been missing it.
JB: What is so special about Colonial for you? Your last three appearances here, including the year you won in 2014, you’ve made the cut on the number and gone on to play well on the weekend.
AS: It’s just a good ol’ track and it makes you think about lots of options. It’s an eye fetch, this course, between a good score and just an average one and I think it’s the same for everyone. It doesn’t favor long hitters. You can go with a bomb and gouge strategy and you’ll make some birdies and bogeys or worse. If you go conservative and smart, if you’re not hitting it good and executing it, the course will eat you up. So you just have to be on no matter how you’re tackling the golf course and it is hard on these courses that are very tight to keep it in the fairway. You know the way we play these days is on courses that are really big and out there and to keep it all contained and straight for 18 holes can be hard for us to do consistently. Obviously the leaders are doing the best job of it.
JB:So what’s next for you regarding the U.S. Open?
AS: I’m playing Memorial next week and if I do well there, I’ll get in.