ADAM Scott squandered a three shot lead heading into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to finish third.
The Hope Island golfer struggled to a final-round four-over par 76, as he prepares to defend his first major crown next month at Augusta National.
Scott not only lost to American Matt Every, who claimed his first PGA title at the event in Florida, but also missed out on stealing the World Number One ranking from Tiger Woods.
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Woods withdrew after injuring his back (Scott and Woods both pictured).
Every became emotional after firing a final-round 70. The Australian reported he said “it’s hard. It’s tough,” as he wiped away tears. “You never know if it’s going to happen. It’s nice to get it done.
“It’s really cool. I’ve been really close. I’ve had a ton of looks. I still can’t believe I won.” Every, whose middle name of King is the same as Palmer’s nickname, won in his 93rd US PGA start, his best prior finishes being runner-up efforts in 2012 at the Texas Open and Children’s Miracle network Classic.