More Open heartache for Scott

Adam Scott was forced to relive his Open nightmare from three years ago with another collapse down the final stretch.

The Australian gave up a four-shot lead with four closing bogeys to hand the Claret Jug to Ernie Els three years ago, and appeared on course to right those wrongs at St Andrews on Sunday.

Scott was tied for the lead midway through the back nine having made an incredible six birdies in his opening 10 holes.

A bogey at the 614-yard 14th was the start of his woes, however, and a missed putt from just one foot at the next led to a second dropped shot.

He then bogeyed the 17th as well before hitting his drive at the last out of bounds for a double-bogey six to produce a finish reminiscent of his 2012 capitulation.

All that carnage resulted in a 71 as Scott finished a full five shots off the play-off pace.

“It’s hard to digest it all at the moment,” said a visibly shell-shocked Scott afterwards.

“I probably needed a really good back nine and I had a really poor back nine. I feel like I wasn’t even in it at that moment.

“Fourteen was my poorest shot I hit today and it cost me a bogey.

“That wasn’t the end of the world but to miss a really short putt on the next, I don’t really have an explanation for that.

“I just went up to tap it in from a foot and it lipped out. It is just one of those stupid things that happens and that really put me in a tough position to where finishing with a handful of threes was unlikely on a day like today.

“I’m disappointed the way I played the last five holes for sure. I could have done a lot better than that.

“It’s a shame not to get in there and finish with a shot (at winning) but maybe it was too much to ask.”