• Slams 'very frustrating' round - made just one birdie
• Adam Scott made six birdies in nine holes for consecutive wins
Rory McIlroy cursed a ‘very frustrating’ final round as he saw a three-shot 54-hole lead slip from his grasp at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
In pursuit of his third WGC title, McIlroy started the day on 12-under-par with breathing space between himself and Adam Scott and Dustin Johnson, but couldn’t get things going at all with his first and only birdie of the day not coming until the 16th hole.
That left Scott, who had double-bogeys at the third and fifth holes, to complete back-to-back PGA Tour victories after a scintillating spell of six birdies in nine holes from the sixth to the 14th.
“I didn't make enough birdies,” said McIlroy. “I felt like my game was okay for the most part. I didn't take advantage of the holes I should have. I couldn't birdie any of the par-5s and that's really what killed me.
“It's frustrating because it's two out of the last three weeks. I was leading the golf tournament with 16 holes to play in Riviera. I was leading the golf tournament here going into the back nine, and to not get the job done in either two of those instances is very frustrating.”
How Scott went back-to-back
That spell of six birdies in nine holes was crucial for the Aussie, as he came from six shots adrift to co-lead in the space of an hour with this birdie at the 11th. He then went on to birdie the 12th and 14th too to take charge.
Adam Scott ...
An hour ago: 6 back
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 6, 2016
What they said
Adam Scott: “I don't think I've processed what's happened, especially today's round. It was ugly and good, all in 18 holes. But to win a World Golf Championships means a lot to any of us. And I've been playing here, I feel like, for 12 years, and I've played well at times, but never really had a chance to win.”
Bubba Watson (2): “I gave it a good effort. What I'm working on in my head is working out. Right now, I've got the energy and the mind-set to play some decent golf, so very positive, very happy about the week and what took place.”
Danny Willett (T3): “Today we hit it okay, a bit scrappy in places but could have been a different story but for 17, and obviously pretty tricky drive for me in out of the left and hitting a cut down the last. All in all, if someone said the beginning of the week, 10-under-par and see where it gets you, I'd have taken it.”
Adam Scott went 18-for-18 on putts inside 10 feet in the final round.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) March 6, 2016
— Danny Willett (@Danny_Willett) March 7, 2016
congratulations again Adam Scott!!!!! pic.twitter.com/9Lbs8Bauor
— Danny Lee (@dannygolf72) March 7, 2016
Great Win Scotty @CadillacChamp
— Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) March 6, 2016
1 Adam Scott (68, 66, 73, 69) -12
2 Bubba Watson (69, 69, 71, 68) -11
T3 Danny Willett (68, 69, 72, 69) -10
T3 Rory McIlroy (71, 65, 68, 74) -10
5 Phil Mickelson (67, 72, 70, 70) -9
Rory McIlroy :: Missed out
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