Australia’s only Masters Champion entered the final round at the Memorial Tournament at 8 under and tied for 11th with the knowledge that a low score on Sunday could secure his place in the US Open later this month.
Ranked 65th in the world and needing a strong enough finish to jump inside the world’s top 60, Scott failed to fire on Sunday at Muirfield Village and signed for a closing 73 and drop back to a share of 35th.
Scott needed a strong start and three pars followed by a bogey at the par-three 4th wasn’t it.
He turned one over for the day before mixing two birdies with two bogeys on the back nine to finish 8 shots out of the playoff that was won by American Bryson Dechambeau, but still the leading Australian by three shots from Jason Day.
The Queenslander’s name is down for tomorrow’s US Open Sectional Qualifying event nearby in Ohio but that isn’t his only option.
Even if Scott decided against teeing it up in that gruelling 36-hole examination, he could head straight to Memphis for the PGA Tour’s St. Jude Classic, have a strong week and move into the top 60 at the final June 11 cut-off.
Beyond Scott’s undoubted motivation to get into and win the US Open at Shinnecock Hills is perhaps a desire to preserve his impressive active streak of majors played.
The last time the 37-year-old didn’t play a major was the 2001 US Open, best remembered for Retief Goosen’s 72-hole three-putt before winning in a Monday playoff.
Scott has played all 67 majors since and - among active players - his streak is second only to Sergio Garcia (75).
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