ADAM Scott's run of dazzling form deserted him on the tee of the par-four 12th hole at Royal Melbourne yesterday.
Playing with fellow Queenslander Jason Day, the pair were hot favourites to give Australia its first win in the teams section of the World Cup of Golf since 1989.
Coming into the tournament on the back of victories in the Australian PGA and Australian Masters, Scott was one-under par when he teed it up on 12 in the opening round.
Later admitting he was "off with the fairies", the world No.2 drove two balls into thick trees. A third attempt, his fifth shot, found the rough, before his approach went over the green, needing a chip and two putts to get down for a quintuple-bogey nine.
He ended the round at four-over, which, combined with Day's three-under 68, a superb effort considering he has been dealing with the grief of losing eight relatives in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, left the Aussies six shots behind leaders Denmark and the US.
Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) and Kevin Streelman (US) were the overnight leaders on five-under, one ahead of Welshman Stuart Manley who is playing only in the individual section.
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