Scott beat Sergio Garcia in a Sunday duel on the hard Champion Course.
Scott’s playing competitor Garcia, bidding for a ninth PGA Tour win, sank a six-foot birdie putt at the par-five 18th to shoot 67 and join the Australian at the top of the leaderboard, four shots clear of third place.
Yes, he still can win with a short putter.
“It’s probably good for everybody who likes talking about it, and therefore good for me because maybe we don’t have to go over it too much anymore”, said Scott of his victory and the anchoring ban debate.
NBC’s Gary Koch gushed on air during the final round, “If Adam Scott continues to putt anywhere near the way we saw him this week, I think he is in for a big year”. “I have to say, I’ve played better every day this week, and it started pretty good”. I’ve played really well the last couple of week and a couple of those guys who were so outstanding last summer haven’t played that great the last couple of weeks.
Scott fired seven birdies in his first 13 holes to seize the lead at 12-under par.
Tied for the lead with Garcia with eight holes to play, Scott played steadier golf down the stretch to post a nine-under total of 271 as the Spaniard’s game unravelled.
“Finishing second last week in the Northern Trust (in California) and this week’s a great test of golf, and I like where things are at, and hopefully it’s a move in the right direction to be in that kind of top-10 players in the world”. It keeps all my angles and technical things in good order, so it feels really comfortable. “It wasn’t elation. At the end, there was definitely a sense of relief and just satisfaction, and quite happy that that was over and I managed to hang on”. “So I can’t afford to sit back and just wait for it to happen”.
Scott, who has won 12 times on the PGA Tour (most by a player under 40), was 23rd in strokes gained putting in the tournament.
Rickie Fowler leads by one shot after carding 66 at the PGA National tournament, while Rory McIlroy missed the cut for a second consecutive year.
“It’s just getting tougher and tougher to win out here, ” Scott said.
LPGA Tour: Lexi Thompson shot an 8-under 64 in the third round of the LPGA Thailand to establish a four-stroke lead over Korean In Gee Chun at Siam Country Club in Chonburi. “He told (McNeill) I was going to be here”, said Curtis, taking off his 82nd Airborne Division cap to show there was no scar left from the bonk.
Three consecutive 54-hole leaders have wobbled badly on today and given this championship away.
“Unfortunately, a couple bad shots on a couple hard holes and it wasn’t good enough”.
Former victor of this event, Stuart Appleby, produced one of the better final rounds of the day (68) and although finishing well back in 37th position it was further improvement for the Victorian who is playing on a medical exemption in 2016.
Louis Oosthuizen made his first tournament appearance in Australia a winning one, shooting a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory at the Perth International.