BETHESDA, Md. – As Tiger Woods reflected on his 74th PGA Tour win at the AT&T National on Sunday, the champion acknowledged the bevy of challengers early in the day.
"It was a bunch of guys with a chance on that front nine, and even a few guys pretty far ahead of us made a run," Woods said.
Adam Scott was one of those guys. Scott shot 4-under 67 on Sunday to tie for low round of the day and finish alone in third place at 5 under par.
Scott went out in 5-under 31, briefly joining a group tied for the lead at 6 under. Making the turn, Scott thought he was in it to win it.
"Going to the 10th tee, I had the opportunity to post a number with a really good back nine, but I just didn't hit good enough shots overall on the back nine," he said.
Scott sputtered down the stretch, making bogeys at the 14th and 15th holes to drop out of contention. A birdie at the 17th secured his solo third-place finish.
The Aussie might have forced a playoff had he been able to show up earlier to start the week. Scott barely made it to the first tee on Thursday after oversleeping. He went on to shoot 3-over 74 in the first round. A round of 71 instead has him in a playoff with Woods.
"You can 'if' and 'but' and you can argue, but my 3 over (on Thursday) was due to my brief warm-up on Thursday," he said, "and that might end up being the difference between winning and not this week."