Scott storms home to claim PGA crown
IN APRIL he conquered the world, becoming the first Australian to win the US Masters at Augusta.
Yesterday Adam Scott cemented his position as Australia's new golfing hero and ambassador, assuming the mantle from Greg Norman after wrapping up the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.
Scott finished fired a final round 67 to finish 14-under par, four shots clear of American Rickie Fowler.
Victory means Scott is just the sixth man to win all three of Australia's big traditional tournaments, adding the Joe Kirkwood Cup to his previous Australian Masters and Australian Open wins.
The win may have been clear-cut in the end but it was tight until the players were forced to return to the clubhouse for 90 minutes when a storm hit.
Having started the final round leading by three shots at 10-under, Scott played the front nine in even par and was just one clear of Fowler when the weather intervened, both players having hit their drives down the fairway on the par-five 12th hole.
When play resumed, it took just one shot from the Aussie to put his mark on the Championship.
A glorious four-iron from 242m by Scott missed the cup and an albatross by just millimetres, the hometown champ tapping in for an eagle, taking him to 12-under and giving his confidence a huge boost.
"I came out (after the delay) and knew I'd have to do something great to win," Scott said.
"The four-iron was unreal, I just flushed it."
Fowler made a birdie to stay within two but from then Scott was unstoppable.
A birdie on the par-three 14th extended his lead to four.
Fowler closed the gap with back-to-back birdies but a bogey on the 17th ended his run.
Apart from the two big names in the field, most interest during the final round centred on young Victorian trainee pro Jack Wilson.
Starting the day in a tie for fifth at 5-under, Wilson told the tournament's website he was "not here to come second", promising to "attack everything" on the final day.
The unheralded 22-year-old was true to his word, making five birdies to finish third on eight-under, a double bogey on the 14th robbing him of a shot at an unlikely win.
270 Adam Scott
274 Rickie Fowler
276 Jack Wilson
277 Cameron Percy
278 Michael Wright
279 Jason Norris, Ji-man Kang, Gareth Paddison, Nathan Green, Ashley Hall