Topics:  adam scott, bee sting, jason dufner, pga tour

Bee sting may have caused Scott's fall from form

Adam Scott of Australia chips to the 13th green during the final round of the 95th PGA Championship
Adam Scott of Australia chips to the 13th green during the final round of the 95th PGA Championship David Cannon - Getty Images

A BEE sting could have had something to do with Adam Scott's late fade in the final round of the US PGA at Oak Hill today.

The Masters champion finished tied for fifth after shooting an even 70, with a 275 overall, and five behind American winner Jason Dufner.

The Adelaide man caused some concern on the 12th hole after having his caddie Steve Williams look at his leg.

Scott birdied that hole, but bogeyed the next to severely dent his chances of winning.

"Something stung me today, so now my leg feels like a log," he said after play.

"Not really (did it set him back); we put some cream on it to make it feel better."

And Scott certainly looked like he felt better at the 15th hole, with a remarkable birdie to keep his slim hopes alive.

He crashed his bunker shot on the par three into the pin, before it sank to rapturous applause, and a high five from Williams.

But then Scott's last three holes included two anti-climatic bogeys.

"It was a bit of fun (the 15th), the last glimmer of hope, but then I had three poor drives to finish off with.

"I don't know what happened the last few holes, but I felt like I may as well have a go at it down the 16th.

"And then if I drive it in the fairway, it's just a wedge shot, and if I birdie them all I could finish 10 under, and you never know."

While happy with another top-10 finish, his sixth of 2013, Scott said the frustration of performing well in all four majors this year, but only winning one of them, will spur him on for the rest of this season.

"It would have been nice to get another win in a major seeing I put myself in position to, but I didn't," he said.

"So I've got to push on and try and win a couple of other tournaments this year to feel like I'm going to get something out of my good play.

"It's hard to play to a good level all the time and not win, so the focus is now on the next few events and the FedEx Cup."

By Josh Spasaro in Rochester



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