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Thu Apr 17 08:43:05 SAST 2014

Scott will bounce back, says McIlroy

TEAMtalk Media | 01 August, 2012 16:030 Comments
Adam Scott of Australia is seen on 18th green during the final round of the British Open golf championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, northern England July 22, 2012
Image by: Eddie Keogh / REUTERS

Rory McIlroy has backed Adam Scott to recover from his heartbreaking collapse at the Open Championship.

The Australian led by four shots with four holes left in Sunday's final round at Royal Lytham and St Anne's, before imploding with bogeys on all four to allow Ernie Els to sneak a one-shot victory.

McIlroy had a similar experience at Augusta in 2011, where he blew a big lead over the course of the final day - though he didn't have to wait long to correct that failure, winning the US Open later that year.

McIlroy is now tipping Scott to do the same.

"I sort of felt like I knew how he was feeling," said the Northern Irishman.

"I just said to him, don't let the last four holes hide the fact that you played better than everyone else for the first 68.

"At that moment in time you think it's the only chance you're ever going to get, and your whole world came crashing down.

"But in reality, Adam is such a great player that he's going to have plenty of chances to win more major championships."

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