A couple of late bogeys have proved costly to former world No.1 Adam Scott who was eliminated from contention at the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship in San Francisco.
Scott was beaten 1-up by England’s Paul Casey on day two, falling to 0-2 in pool play and becoming ineligible for the round of 16 on the weekend at TPC Harding Park.
Leading 1-up through 12 holes, Scott was left to rue another poor performance on the greens making bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes to give Casey the lead.
When he bogeyed the 16th the Australian was up against the ropes at 2-down with two to play and although Casey gave him a life with bogey on the 17th Scott couldn’t extend the match on 18.
His 13-foot birdie chance on the final green petered out of speed like so many before it condemning him to a match against Chris Kirk on Friday that is only relevant to the American at 1-1.
The news was better for Scott’s compatriot Matt Jones who prevailed 2-up against Frenchman Victor Dubuisson to keep his chances alive.
Now 1-1 with all members of his pool, Jones can sneak into the weekend play if he beats Charl Schwartzel tomorrow and Dustin Johnson falls to Dubuisson.
Johnson holds the tiebreaker over Jones having beaten him on day one.
Marc Leishman is continuing his great form, leading 4-up through 13 holes against Ryan Palmer a day after dispatching world No.6 Justin Rose.
John Senden is also backing up his giant-killing day-one win with a 2-up lead through nine holes over former FedEx Cup champion Bill Hass.
Defending champion Jason Day is seemingly heading to the same fate as Scott, trailing 2-down to South African Branden Grace through seven holes.
World No.1 Rory McIlroy improved to 2-0 with a 2-up win over Brandt Snedeker setting up a winner take all match with Billy Horschel on Friday.