Mar
6
2016
Adam Scott stays hot with second straight victory in as many weeks
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

In a drama-filled final round at Doral, playing in super tough conditions, Adam Scott navigated his way to the top of the leaderboard for the second straight week, securing his second WGC title at the Cadillac Championship. It certainly wasn’t the easiest victory in the world, with Scott finding himself six shots off the pace with 13 holes to play after dumping balls in the water that led to double-bogeys on nos. 3 and 5. However, he showed last week in his win at the Honda Classic, that he could win with a quadruple-bogey on his card — though it was in the third round.

That’s just how good the 35-year-old Australian is playing. Oh, and don’t forget — as no one will let him — he’s doing it all while putting with the short putter since anchoring, the technique that he won the 2013 Masters with and rose to the no. 1 ranking for a period of time, was banned at the start of 2016. Looks like Scott is going to be just fine.

“It’s just bizarre because I hit some horrible shots today,” said Scott, laughing, in his post-win presser. “I think you have this picture in your mind that you’ve got to play so beautifully to win all the time, and sometimes, especially at a golf course like this, in windy conditions like this, it can’t be that pretty unless you play one of the rounds of your life.

“It was hard for everyone out there, and I told myself that a couple times out there today. But yeah, I mean, look, I’m really proud that I was able to come back when it wasn’t feeling good after five holes and the swing had not felt good the whole weekend at that point, and managed to find my rhythm again in these windy conditions. All of a sudden it felt a little easier on the back nine.”

Scott fired a three-under 69 to post a 12-under total for the tournament to edge out Bubba Watson by one stroke. He completed back-to-back victories at two challenging courses on the Florida Swing. This is his 13th victory on the PGA Tour and he’s projected to move to no. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

How great is Scott playing? Well, like I mentioned already, he made two double-bogeys early by hitting two in water.

“I think after the second double-bogey, winning was kind of far from the front of my mind,” said Scott. “And at that point, I took a moment to think about kind of just gaining some traction on the round before it slips away and I shoot 80 because it’s possible around this is course. To keep missing it like I did in the water, there’s just no escape from it.”

Scott took a moment on the 6th tee to regroup.

“On a day like today when it’s tough, you need a lot of things to go your way, and I wasn’t completely shattered on the sixth tee, but I was pretty disappointed because it wasn’t the start I had in mind,” he said. “You just never know. Even with guys playing great, it’s just one or two shots, and that cost me four shots out there and it could happen to someone else. You’ve always got to try and stay positive. Otherwise, it can get away from you.

“Amazing playing the last few holes in contention today. The nerves and the adrenaline was really pumping.”

Scott birdied no. 6, no. 8, nos. 10-12 and no. 14 to bounce back, but it was still a nerve-wracking finish.

A couple of Scott’s errors took place late in the round, but he was able to rebound nicely. He essentially shanked a routine shot from the bunker on no. 16, but he still managed to save par.

“I was so embarrassed to do that playing with Phil Mickelson,” he said, laughing. “I mean, he would be lipping it out or holing it, and I’m shanking it nearly into the next bunker. “It shocked me a bit. I just tried to be too fancy and probably showing off in front of Phil a little bit. I wish I could tell you I had a bad lie or it was a hard shot. It wasn’t any of it. It was just a complete error. But importantly, I got it up-and-down.” Scott looked like he was in trouble again on the difficult finishing par-4 18th after pushing his drive and running into tree trouble, where he didn’t really have a shot, but he still went for the green. His approach didn’t cut enough as he would have liked, but he made solid contact, so it flew the hazard, but bounced back inside the red line and stayed up on dry ground. He chipped it up to about six feet, then rolled in the putt to save par and win outright.