Stuart Appleby unravels on final 7

FORT WORTH, Texas -- It all came crashing down on Australian Stuart Appleby in Sunday's final seven holes of the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

Appleby climbed to within a shot of the lead by playing a bogey-free 4-under on the first 11 holes of his final round.

His fall was more condensed: 8 over par in the final seven holes for a fat 43 on the back nine.

It added up to a 74 that dropped Appleby into a tie for 16th place at 4 under.

His tough seven-hole stretch included a triple-bogey seven on No. 14 to go with bogeys at No. 12, 13, 16, 17 and 18.

Appleby got into trouble on No. 14 with an off-line tee shot in the right rough on the par 4 playing 454 yards.

“I hit a drive right but I didn‘t think I’d be dead,’’ Appleby said. “I tried to chip it out, hit it high and hit a branch and it came back.’’

The ball traveled only 20 yards. It took him two more shots to reach the green.

Three putts from 26 feet finished off a hole Appleby would like to forget.

“As a player you have to make mistakes, but the course and the wind conditions can certainly add to the recipe for disasters,’’ Appleby said.

The 40-year-old who now resides in Florida looked on the bright side.

“I hadn’t made a cut for a while so it was kind of nice playing on the weekend. I felt like I was participating in a golf tournament.’’