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Golf: Scott blows bid for title, top spot as Every wins

Published on Mar 24, 2014 6:50 AM

MIAMI (AFP) - Adam Scott stumbled with a chance to all but ensure himself of becoming world number one, leaving Matt Every to claim his first PGA title on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Reigning Masters champion Scott, who led by a record seven strokes through 36 holes and by three when the day began, struggled to a final round four-over par 76 and settled for third.

Scott, the first Australian to win the Masters green jacket, would likely have dethroned Tiger Woods atop the rankings days before he defended his first major crown next month at Augusta National.

Instead, tearful Every secured his first-ever berth at the Masters with an emotional comeback triumph by firing a final-round 70.

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