There were plenty of shots Adam Scott felt he had to explain after his WGC-Cadillac Championship win. That’s natural when you win a WGC event despite two horrendous double-bogeys.

But the shot that had Scotty feeling humiliated? The shank on the drivable 16th caused audible gasps from anybody who watched the telecast — or saw it on social media. The Masters champion said he was horrified to have done it in front of short-game extraordinaire Phil Mickelson.


“I was so embarrassed to do that playing with Phil Mickelson,” the 35-year-old told a press conference after the round, which drew mass laughter from the media.

“He’d be lipping it out (bunker shots) and I’m shanking it into the next bunker. It shocked me a bit (maybe) I tried to be too fancy probably (or I was) showing off in front of Phil a little bit.

“I wish I could tell you I had a bad lie or it was a hard shot. It wasn’t any of it. It was just a complete error.”