Fort Worth, Tex. — Just days after becoming the best golfer in the world, Adam Scott won the Crowne Plaza Invitational after defeating Jason Dufner in the third hole of a playoff at Colonial.
“This is a very special week for me,” said the Aussie after the round. “It’s an honour to win here.”
Scott and Dufner both made pars on the first playoff hole after pushing their approach shots and two-putting from nearly twenty feet.
The next hole provided more excitement.
After Dufner hit a remarkable 9-iron to just a couple of feet for a birdie attempt, Scott, with ice water in his veins, drained a 14-footer to put the pressure back on the American. Dufner then made his putt and the third playoff hole commenced.
A brilliant approach shot to seven feet from the Australian forced Dufner, who hit his shot well short of the flag, to take an aggressive, but fruitless, run at the hole with his putter. Scott calmly lined his putter up and sunk the putt, notching his 11th career victory in the process.
Dufner and Scott both posted 66s and waited near the clubhouse at -9 for nearly an hour until the playoff began, watching the leaderboard in the event that someone made a late surge to qualify for extra holes.
Nicolas Thompson, who finished tied for third with Freddie Jacobson, made a 12-foot putt for birdie on 18 but came up one stroke short at -8.
Jacobson, a one-time PGA Tour winner from Gothenburg, Sweden, made four birdies on the back nine but early consecutive bogeys on 4 and 5 ended up being the difference between a second career victory and a third place finish.
Fellow Swede David Lingmerth, a 26-year old resident of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, was just one of five players who finished at -7, rounding out the Top-5. Amongst them was last week’s winner at the Byron Nelson, Brendon Todd, as well as 47-year-old PGA Tour veteran David Toms.
Including the WGC-Accenture Match Play, Australians have now won 5 tournaments in 2014, by far the most from any country following the United States. Only two tournaments remain before the US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on June 15: The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village GC and the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.
With the victory this week and his recent coronation as the world’s premier golfer, Scott is likely a heavy favourite heading into the season’s second major.
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