AUSTRALIAN OPEN defending champion Adam Scott has shown great form just two weeks out from the Sydney showdown with a great win at the Singapore Open.
It is the third time Scott has won the event in the last five years and his second title for the year.
Scott carded a final round three-under 68 to finish at 17 under for the tournament, three shots ahead of second place getter Anders Hansen.
US Open champion Graeme McDowell tied for third with Rikard Karlberg at 13-under.
The 30 year old Queenslander had to maintain concentration with disruptions to the tournament because of thunderstorms. The final round was suspended for the day because of fading light.
When he came back out he was chased hard by a group including McDowell and defending champion Ian Poulter.
“It was great. It’s a relief to finally get finished. I’m very happy to be a winner here again,” Scott said of the title he previously won in 2005 and 2006.
“It’s not an easy back nine to come out and play and I didn’t make it look that easy either so I’m just happy to be done.
“It’s a course I absolutely love and I’ve hit so many good shots here over the years so that does help.”
Scott’s other victory this year came at the Valero Texas Open in May, his first win on the US PGA Tour for more than two years.
He will defend his Australian Open title at The Lakes in Sydney from December 2-5.
Baddeley misses out on $1 million bonus
Meanwhile, Aaron Baddeley has just fallen short of a $US1 million ($A1.01 million) bonus in a one in three chance on one sudden-death hole in Orlando, Florida.
Baddeley went into a post-tournament sudden-death play-off for the winner-takes-all Kodak Challenge – decided on the lowest cumulative score on 18 of 30 designated scenic tournament holes throughout the season.
He was up against Americans Troy Merritt and Rickie Fowler but battler Merritt grabbed the cash to finish a great day after earlier securing the 125th and last spot on the season money list to retain full 2011 playing rights.
At least Baddeley retained his US PGA Tour spot for next year, unlike some other unlucky Aussies.
Aron Price‘s tie for 65th in the final tournament was some $US73,000 ($A74,000) short of lifting him from 131st into the money list’s top 125.
It was not all bad new as he will retain partial playing rights for finishing in the top 150, along with Cameron Percy, who came in 145th.
Those outside the top 150 and missing out include James Nitties (155), Mat Goggin (159), Jarrod Lyle (162), Nick O’Hern (168), Rod Pampling (180), Mark Hensby (185) and David Lutterus (201).
Their last chance is the six-round tour qualifying school final stage next month.
(Photos: Scott celebrates his win in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / HO / WORLD SPORT GROUP / PAUL LAKATOS.)