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Scott and Day miss cut in New Orleans

The highly ranked pair stuggled in round two. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jason Day and Adam Scott appeared on paper to be the team to beat at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans but the nature of the event's format lends itself to successful combinations rather than individual brilliance and the Australian pair have missed the cut.

Playing four-ball in round one and foursomes on day two, the pair began well enough with an opening round of 65 but their second round of 72 was never going to be good enough to stay in touch and they would miss the final 36 holes by one shot.

The weather disrupted event is finally back on schedule and round three was completed on time on Saturday afternoon with Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax sharing the lead with John Rahm and Ryan Palmer, the leading pairs one ahead of South Africans Justin Harding and Branden Grace.

“It was good. Just unfortunate that we bogeyed 16 and 17 today,” said Scott. “It was just kind of like a -- yeah, it was hard. I mean, there's no excuses. We did have the tougher side of the draw, but there's no excuses. We just needed to come out and play well, and unfortunately I think we just didn't have the momentum going.”

As an ambassador for Zurich subsidiary, Allianz, Day was disappointed not to have done better but he looks ahead to his next event at the Wells Fargo Championship with positive thoughts.

“Yeah, I'm going to go see family. I'm going to go back up to Ohio, and then I'll head back down probably Sunday night or Monday, something like that maybe, and get into it. I'm looking forward to going back to a golf course that I just really enjoy and have had a lot of success on, so we'll see how it goes.”

Curtis Luck is the leading Australian by some way, he and his partner Hank Lebioda sharing 6th place at 19 under par and just four from the leaders.

Luck and Lebioda produced a round of 64 on Saturday afternoon in the four-ball format and have given themselves a chance to contend for the title in Sunday’s foursomes.

Matt Jones was the other Australian to make the weekend pairing with J.J. Spaun to be in a share of 21st place and seven shots from the lead.



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