“I played exceptional yesterday so I had to reel in my expectations today”, said Scott.
He then switched to a broomstick at the 2011 Match Play Championship and went on to win seven titles with an anchored putter, including his first major at the 2013 Masters.
“I’m not going to lie; I’m happy with my week, ” Garcia said.
Scott recovered to play the final three holes of his third round in 1-under to finish with a 66 that could have been much better, and Sunday he stepped to the 15th tee, shed any demons, hit a good shot onto the green and calmly parred the hole. Thomas was the only player in the field who scored in the 60s for all four rounds at the PGA Nationals and finished with a 5-under 275.
I look forward to seeing him in action during 2016 as his putting continues to improve along with his already high standard of ball striking. I hit a lot of great putts again today.
Scott restored his two-shot lead after a superb approach from a fairway bunker on the 12th left him with a tap-in birdie, only for Garcia to reduce his deficit to a single shot with a birdie on the 14th. “I’m just going to try and get better every week”.
Garcia had bogeyed the 17th before a birdie on the 18th took the good friends into the last day tied at the top of the leaderboard, but the Spaniard had to settle for nine straight pars on the front nine in the final round. “But the main thing you do is commit to the shot you want to hit”.
“It was nice that it was just two feet, that’s for sure”, Scott said with a laugh. Singh, who turned 53 on Monday, was 6-under par through 14 holes and was in contention for the title. Scott grabbed the lead with a 15-footer for birdie on the opening hole, then extended the lead to two with a 10-foot birdie on the fifth.
Fowler – the overnight leader – did not register a birdie as he posted a four-over-par 74 to fall five strokes adrift of the leading duo. “It just reassures me I’m on the right track with the things I’m doing on the greens”.
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.
Only 19 months ago, Scott was No. 1 in the World Ranking, yet he had been swept aside by the Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler insurgency. So while Scott and Garcia enjoyed a comfort zone of sorts throughout the final day, the result was in doubt until late on Sunday. The 21-year-old Thompson finished at 20-under 268 to become the first American victor of the tournament.
“I never like to count it as a win until it’s over”.
“Obviously, if he shoots 61 the way the course was playing, the only thing you can do is just say – I want to say it in Spanish, but you’ll have to beep it”, he said with a laugh.
The former British Open champion, who led by three strokes going into the final round, finished with a 16-under total of 272 in the tournament sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA tours.
In Gee Chun of South Korea, victor of the U.S. Women’s Open past year, shot a 70 to finish second.