Nerves not to blame - Scott
Adam Scott insists nerves did not play a part over the closing four holes at Lytham after letting the Claret Jug slip from his grasp.
The 32-year-old sat on 10-under-par as he teed off at the 15th but four straight bogeys meant that he had settle for second place at the Open as Ernie Els' final-round 68 gave him the title on -7.
The Australia began the day four shots ahead of the field and it looked as though he would maintain that advantage to claim his first major, but he was unable to get the job done when it mattered most and joins the likes of Rory McIlroy and Jean van de Velde, who both failed to convert seemingly impregnable positions into victories in major championships.
Despite the way in which he played late on Sunday afternoon, the 2004 Players Championship winner denied that he had been troubled by nerves and confessed to feeling fine during his round.
"I was surprisingly calm the whole way round," he said. "It came down to not making a couple of putts on the last four holes. If I make one on 15 or 16 it's very different.
"I was a little nervous on the first tee but less so than yesterday (Saturday). I probably spent up all my nerves over the 24 hours leading up to playing.
"I definitely worked myself up a little bit at times, but once I was out there I felt completely in control and even the last few holes I didn't really feel like it was a case of nerves or anything like that."