ADAM SCOTT fought back after two early double bogies then survived a heart-stopping final approach shot to go back to back in the US and likely drop to world No.6.
The Aussie golfer fought back after a quadruple bogey to win the Honda Classic last week and at the World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship at the Blue Monster this week confirmed he still has the right stuff to get it done.
Scott led the top flight field at Doral in the early rounds but the new short putter wasn’t entirely co-operating in the third round.
He opened the final round outside the lead and after doubles at holes 3 and 5 suddenly found himself trailing by six shots.
He immediately birdied 6 then repeated the dose on 8, 10,11,12 and 14 to be back atop a leaderboard bristling with big names … including Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.
On a windy, punishing Blue Monster course, Scott still had a slender lead on the final hole.
His tee shot looked good, and certainly the crowd behind him were applauding, but the ball continued to run on into the rough and behind a palm tree – that looked like it had been replanted there about five minutes previously.
Many had already found the extensive water hazard on the left hand side of the par four … without the help of a tree blocking their right hand shot options, but Scott dismissed suggestions of caution and went for the green.
When he didn’t get the fade or wind assistance he was hoping for the ball bounced down the greenside bank, into the red hazard and perilously close to the water.
Luck’s a fortune and after a great elevated flop shot the former Masters champion got it up and down for par, a round of 69 and a tournament total of 12-under.
That was one better than Watson (68) on 11-under, who beat the Aussie by a similar margin at the Northern Trust Open two weeks ago in California.
That still makes for an inspiring three weeks for the 35 year old Scott. He’s gone T2,1, 1, to lead the FedEx Cup season-long points tally and likely drop to world No.6.
“I thought it was really solid stuff last week,” Scott said after what was his 13th US PGA TOUR victory. “Today was a little bit different. There were some ugly shots and some ugly results.”
“That’s winner’s luck, really,” Scott said. “Those things even out over a long period of time where at some point, I would have hit that shot and it’s bounced back in and you don’t win, and other times it stays up and you do. To take advantage of it feels really good.”
Adam Scott wins 2016 Cadillac Championship: Final round video recap
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Go Adam!.Scott wins back to back in US and will likely be down to World #6 https://t.co/2Gl6r08stL
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