The Arnold Palmer Invitational Open was unfortunately decided by a meltdown from one of the worlds best last week. Adam Scott was in total control from the start as he equaled the course record set by Greg Norman and Andy Bean at 10 under-par on the opening day. Scott’s round consisted of two eagles, seven birdies and one bogey giving him the incentive to win.
This great start to the tournament was further extended after a comfortable four under-par 68 on the second day. It was always going to be difficult for the world number 2 to better his performance on day 1 and each day his performance got progressively worse. Although he managed three rounds under par, it was the final day that really stole the headlines. A disastrous round of 76 took him out of contention and saw him fall off the pace and finish two behind the leader. The Australian started the day with a three shot lead and was looking to continue his form from the first few days into the final round. Scott bogeyed the first hole after finding the sand twice and made another bogey on the third hole after hooking his tee shot into the water hazard.
Scott’s fellow playing partner Keegan Bradley also had a torrid start in Orlando on Sunday. Bradley carded three bogeys in his first three holes and made further bogeys on the 10th and 11th. He turned it around to make a last gasp surge for the title with birdies on twelve, sixteen and seventeen and almost holed a wonderful 30ft putt on the final hole to force a play-off.
But there was only one person smiling on the final day and that was the Underdog Matt Every. A final round of 70 was enough to see him win his first PGA tour event and has given him a place in next months Masters. After a bogey at the eighth put him further back from Scott, he knew it was going to be a tough task to recover and overcome the odds to beat one of the worlds best. But birdies at nine, ten and twelve took him into the lead as he watched Adam Scott crumble. Another birdie at the thirteenth took him two clear of the trailing pack and with Scott picking up another bogey at the fourteenth meant Matt Every’s lead was extended to three.
A slight hiccup towards the end for Every after two bogeys in the last three holes meant to tournament was far from over. Scott’s title challenge ended abruptly as he found yet another bunker on the 17th and failed to save par. Bradley took it down the 18th as Every eagerly awaited. A missed birdie putt on the last four Bradley meant his fellow American Matt Every would win by just one shot.