Two down and one to go for a rampaging Scott (plus maybe a World Cup)

Adam Scott is going to need a bigger wardrobe. Photo: SMP Images
Adam Scott is going to need a bigger wardrobe. Photo: SMP Images

THERE were a few stumbles on the way but Adam Scott has successfully navigated the second leg of his 2013 Triple Crown attempt with back to back Aussie Masters victories.

Scott could throw in a World Cup win with Jason Day this week at Royal Melbourne as an added bonus but all eyes will be on Royal Sydney next week where he contests the Australian Open.

Scott is attempting to emulate the only golfer to win the Aussie Triple Crown – the Australian PGA Championship, Masters and Open – which was Robert Allenby in 2006.

Allenby didn’t have the added impetus of a fresh US Masters Green Jacket in his wardrobe – or the extra pressure; but Scott is handling it all with undoubted style.

The 33 year old started the final round of the Talisker Masters in front of huge crowds at Royal Melbourne with a four stroke advantage over the field.

He has cruised and threatened to run away with the event on a number of occasions in the opening rounds but on Sunday things were not so easy.

A few wayward shots, some very unlucky bounces – not the least of which off the flagstick on the 17th – and it seemed a rampaging Matt Kuchar might snatch the tournament and tear a rift in a multitude of Aussie hearts.

When Scott, still leading the event by two after the 13th, double bogied the par three 14th – blame a plugged lie in a Royal Melbourne greenside bunker – and Kuchar playing one hole ahead birdied, there  was a shock three stroke turnaround and Scott trialled by two strokes with just four to go. Many Aussie hearts were suddenly in mouths.

But Kuchar had his own poor fortune on 18 with a horror greenside bunker lie wedged against what they still call “Dunk Island”. The American had to play sideways still into the bunker and afterwards could only manage his own double.

When Scott smashed one of his now trademark drives down the centre of 18 it was all but over. He needed only a bogey on the last for the outright win but holed a par putt in any case.

Scott had won his second straight tournament after the PGA Championship on the Gold Coast last week and his second straight Masters after his Kingston Heath victory last year.

So that’s another gold jacket to go with last year’s, as well as the Augusta National green from April and the pink one he scored at the Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda last month.

Scott finished with an even par 71 to be 14-under for the tournament, two ahead of Kucher (68), who came so close to an upset victory.

The world number 8 had a bogey on the second hole but then reeled off five birdies in seven holes to shoot 31 for the front nine. He took a two stroke lead when he birdied the 15th.

Veteran 50 year old Vijay Singh played in the final group with Scott but couldn’t match the heroics of his 8-under 63 in the third round. Still, he finished with an even par 71 to be 10-under and take outright third.

First round leader Nick Cullen – who must be getting sick of the sight of good mate Matt Griffin after playing with him for all four rounds – finished a stroke further back alone in fourth after a 1-over 72.

Griffin (75) and Kiwi Ryan Fox (73) tied fifth on 6-under.

Another highlight was Marc Leishman, who finally found some form with a round of the day 6-under 65 to finish T7.

Scott was all smiles afterwards and still revelling in the support he has received since returning home.

“I’ve been lucky enough to win at home a couple of times back here,” he said, obviously referring to his earlier victories at the Australian Masters and Australian Open.

“But to come home this year with the amount of support that everyone has given me last week (at the Australian PGA) was amazing. This week was just incredible, so many people came out to watch.

“Hopefully they’re all going to come out again to watch next week as well. Just it’s overwhelming the reception I’ve received.”

No doubt who is the crowd favourite. Photo: SMP Images
No doubt who is the crowd favourite. Photo: SMP Images

Scott was also chuffed to have won two events in a row for the first time.

“I’ve never won back to back weeks so this is a first and something that I like,” he said. I think it’s very hard to win two tournaments full stop, let alone back to back, so I’m quite pleased with myself this week.”

“Sometimes you win a little bit ugly. All the good stuff I had done in the first three rounds counted for a lot, even though it wasn’t the prettiest golf today.”

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