Masters Tournament champ Adam Scott has long day

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ARDMORE, Pa. — Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott fell apart quickly Friday in the U.S. Open, all but quashing any hope for a Grand Slam.

Masters champ Adam Scott was 3-under through 11 holes on Thursday. He was 11-over for the 25 he played on Friday.  MORRY GASH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MORRY GASH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Masters champ Adam Scott was 3-under through 11 holes on Thursday. He was 11-over for the 25 he played on Friday.

The Australian was 3-under-par through 11 holes when first-round play was suspended Thursday.

On No. 12 on Friday, he hit a hard-luck Merion shot: an approach that landed just short of the pin, spun backward and rolled some 75 feet to the edge of the fairway rough. He also put a tee shot out of bounds at No. 14 to complete a first-round 2-over-par 72, then came back after the short turnaround to post 76. He’s 8-over through two rounds.

“I got off on the wrong foot and just struggled to find my rhythm all day,” Scott said. “I didn’t make the putts I needed to kind of save some shots here and there. And they just slipped away too easily. But that’s what can happen if you’re just a little bit off.”

WITHDRAWAL: Louis Oosthuizen withdrew with a hip injury.

The 2010 British Open champion strained a hip flexor while shooting 5-over-par 75 in the first round and pulled out before his second round tee time Friday.

NO HEROICS: Jim Furyk had the home crowd on his side.

He just failed to deliver a performance worth cheering for Friday. Furyk, born in the nearby Philadelphia suburb of West Chester and raised in Lancaster, shot 79.

Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, won’t be adding a second one to the collection. He hadn’t played Merion Golf Club since the 1989 U.S. Amateur.

“It showed,” he said. “I didn’t do a great job with my prep. I felt like I was ready coming here but I obviously played very poorly.

At 43, there’s not going to be another tournament here at Merion.”

STUCK IN THE MUD: Tiger Woods’ ski-champion girlfriend Lindsey Vonn had to trek through the mud at Merion like any other fan.

“Sums up my day on the golf course... #muddy #usopen2013,” she wrote on Twitter. The tweet went along with a photo of her from the knees down standing ankle-deep in the soupy muck.


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