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Adam Scott falters but enjoys his week at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. Adam Scott was in position to successfully defend his 2013 Masters title earlier in the week, but problems with his putter eventually consigned him to a tie for 14th place. He shot an even-par 72 Sunday for 1-over 289 for the tournament, nine back of winner Bubba Watson.

“I’ve enjoyed the week thoroughly,” Scott said before attending the green jacket ceremony with Watson. “I mean, it’s been a week I’ll never forget, the experiences I’ve had in playing a tournament as the defending champion and as a champion, and all the ovations that you receive around here are amazing memories for me.”

Scott was in contention after two rounds at 3 under. A 4-over 76 Saturday was too much to overcome.

“I was really happy with where I put myself on Friday night,” said Scott, who would have supplanted an absent Tiger Woods as the world’s No. 1 player with a two-way tie for third or better. “Without over analyzing it, it’s always a bit here or there, but a poor nine holes on Saturday stopped all my momentum and had me on the back foot and I just couldn’t go anywhere from there.

“That’s what it’s like at majors. You’re nine good holes from winning it and nine bad holes from being out of it.”

Notes

• There were a record 24 first-time players in this year’s Masters. Four of them – Jonas Blixt, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Kevin Stadler – finished among the top 12 and earned invitations to next year’s tournament.

Another rookie, Australia’s Oliver Goss, was low amateur, making the cut and shooting a 3-over 75 Sunday for four-day total of 298 (10 over). Goss is a sophomore at Tennessee.

• Stadler, who tied for eighth with an even-par 288, was in the tournament with his father, Craig, the first time a father and son have played in the Masters.

Their relationship has been a little chilly, however. Craig waited for Kevin as he walked off the 18th green Sunday, but Kevin walked right past him.

“I was a little too pissed off to talk to him, really,” said Kevin, who bogeyed the final two holes. “But I’m sure I’ll (see) him in a minute. Unfortunately I got a bad gene I inherited from him. He knows what’s going through my mind.”

• Rickie Fowler, who tied for fifth, said he wasn’t surprised at Watson’s victory.

“He’s a big kid at heart,” said Fowler, who had a 1-over 73 Sunday and was 2 under for the tournament, six behind Watson. “But mentally and with his golf game, and as a dad and as a person, he’s definitely grown up. I think he understands what’s going on.”

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