Adam Scott is back
Adam Scott seemingly has it all, the looks, the charm, the most beautiful swing in golf, and most importantly, a green jacket. But after the final putt dropped on Sunday, it was more relief than joy for Adam.
Scott shot a final round 70 to win The Honda Classic, defeating Sergio Garcia by one shot. Yes, Adam Scott can win with a short putter.
“Probably good for everybody who likes talking about it, absolutely,” Scott said. “And therefore, good for me. Good for me because maybe we don’t have to go over it too much anymore. Again, it just reassures me I’m on the right track with the things I’m doing on the greens, and I’m just going to try and get better every week. And I think it’s in a great spot at the moment.”
Scott recovered marvelously from a quadruple bogey late in Saturday’s round, and came out Sunday playing the solid golf we all expect from him.
He seized control early with a birdie at the first, and coasted to the finish after Garcia struggled with nerves down the stretch. For Garcia, it’s another near miss in a career that has had its fair share.
“He played really, really solid,” Garcia said. “I played with him the last two days, and he looked awesome. I know I can play better. That’s the good thing. Without feeling like I was swinging that great, I still managed to have a chance, so I’m happy with that.”
It was mainly Scott and Sergio duking it out down the stretch, but they were briefly challenged by Blayne Barber and Justin Thomas. Auburn alum Barber finished T3 for his best finish ever on the PGA Tour. Thomas looked like he had an outside chance to win, but The Bear Trap claimed another victim, as a double bogey at 17 ended his chances.
Scott sealed the deal at the 17th, the final leg of The Bear Trap, hitting a 7 iron “as hard as I could” and making par while Garcia made bogey. After a ho-hum par at the 18th, Adam Scott was back.
With the win Scott moved to number 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest ranking in 10 months.
The timing could not be more perfect. To win in only his 10th event since switching to the shorter putter should silence the critics some. In addition, he has only finished outside the top ten twice since switching putters.
“I want to feel somewhat relevant out here when it comes to being one of the best players in the world,” he said. “That’s just down to my results. You can talk it in your head and try and build yourself up as much as you want. But at some point, you’re going to have to have the results to actually prove it.”
This victory went a long way towards proving it Adam.