Deutsche Bank Championship: Can Adam Scott Rebound From Disastrous First Round?

By Brandon Raper
Debby Wong – USA TODAY Sports

Last week, Adam Scott found himself struggling to believe what had happened. Teeing off an hour and a half before the leaders at The Barclays, Scott shot an excellent final round of five-under par to move to -11 for the tournament, but there wasn’t any way that would hold up.

That is, until it did. The morning leaders struggled, and Scott won for the first time since taking the green jacket at the Masters.

You almost have to wonder, then, if Scott is feeling a similar sense of disbelief tonight. After such a great finish last week, Scott became the favorite at the Deutsche Bank Championship to many pundits, yours truly included. Unfortunately, he struggled to find any sense of rhythm at TPC Boston, and is currently in a tie for 87th at +2.

Scott wasn’t the only top player to struggle, as fellow top-20 players Billy Horschel, Gary Woodland and Webb Simpson all failed to break par as well, but for the way Scott had played all year, this was definitely uncharacteristic. He hit only nine of 14 fairways and worked hard to reach 13 of 18 greens in regulation.

Unfortunately, when he did hit the rare green, his putter wasn’t cooperating, as he’s next to last on the day in strokes gained putting. Not a good way to start a tournament.

I’m not about to predict that this is the end of the world for Scott. He could miss the cut and still be in fine shape for the BMW Championship in two weeks, but it still has to be difficult. Scott played in the feature group with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on Friday, and after this round, he’s all but a nonfactor for the rest of the week. It was the perfect opportunity to step up and make a statement like Mickelson did, but it fell by the wayside.

Scott isn’t the type to let one bad round stick with him for too long, so it will be interesting to see if he can bounce back on Saturday. The playoffs are all about getting hot at the right time, so there’s no time to sit and dwell on a bad score.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and add him to your Google+ network.


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