Scott wins Texas Open for 7th PGA Tour title|
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Australia's Adam Scott came from four shots
back to win the Texas Open on Sunday, shooting a five-under 67 in the final
round to capture his first PGA Tour title in more than two years.
Scott began the final round in a tie for sixth place after carding a 66 in the
third round of the rain-delayed tournament on Sunday morning.
He finished with a 14-under 274, beating Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson by a shot
to earn just under $1.1 million.
Jacobson closed with a 70 in the final round to finish alone in second place
with a 13-under 275. He was tied for second place heading into the round after
posting a 65 in the morning.
PGA Tour money leader Ernie Els went 69-68 in the third and final rounds to
share third place with Aaron Baddeley (67-68) and Jimmy Walker (70-69) at 12-
The second round of the tournament was postponed on Friday due to heavy rain
and thunderstorms and not completed until Saturday, leaving a 36-hole marathon
finish on Sunday.
Scott began the third round four shots off the lead and played his final 36
holes at 11-under par for the win. He collected 12 birdies, an eagle and just
three bogeys on the day.
"It was a long, hard day, but when you get hot sometimes it's good to play 36
(holes)," Scott said in a TV interview after the round. "You want to keep
going and going."
A former staple in the world top-10, Scott had tumbled all the way to 43rd in
the world rankings entering the tournament. His previous PGA Tour win came 25
months ago when he defeated Ryan Moore in a playoff at the 2008 Byron Nelson
In between, Scott won the Australian Open last December for a key victory on
his home turf. It followed a poor 2009 season on the PGA Tour in which Scott
missed 10 cuts in 19 starts, including six in a row during one stretch.
Scott gained some confidence in September when fellow Aussie Greg Norman
selected him as a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup. Norman surprised
everyone by adding the slumping Scott to the International team.
The course where Scott won Sunday -- the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio -- was
designed by Norman.
"He's glad I like the course," said Scott, who received a message from Norman
after the round.
Because players remained in the same threesomes for the third and fourth
rounds, Scott completed his tournament several hours before the last group
came in from the course.
He watched as the last 24 players finished, none of them able to catch the 29-
year-old Aussie. Els was among those who congratulated Scott as he stood
outside the clubhouse.
Scott's third round included an eagle at the par-four 17th hole, helping him
recover from two earlier bogeys to shoot a 66.
He carried that momentum into the final round, making three birdies in the
first five holes to tie third-round leader J.B. Holmes atop the leaderboard.
Scott rolled in a nine-foot birdie putt at No. 8 to build a two-shot lead over
a fading field of challengers. He drained an 18-footer for birdie at the 10th
and made another birdie at the 12th to take a four-shot lead.
The only blemish in his final round was a closing bogey at the 18th, where he
couldn't get up-and-down for par from a greenside bunker.
"Unfortunately I hit a poor putt, but it was just enough," Scott said.
Jacobson made a seven-foot birdie putt at the 12th hole and a 19-footer for
birdie at the 15th to make a run at Scott. But they were the only two birdies
of his final round.
It marked the third time in seven-plus seasons on the PGA Tour that Jacobson
finished as a runner-up.
"I probably struck the ball today better than I ever have for any single day
without making a whole lot of putts," said Jacobson. "The amount of looks I
had at birdie today was a lot of fun and the way I put the ball in play was
NOTES: Scott's last three PGA Tour wins have come in Texas, including the '08
Byron Nelson and the '07 Houston Open...Holmes carded a 76 in the final round
and tied for 13th place, six shots back...John Daly withdrew during the final
round...The tour remains in Texas next week for the Byron Nelson Championship,
where Rory Sabbatini won last year.
05/16 21:47:36 ET