Scott cruises to 4-shot win in Akron|
Akron, OH (Sports Network) - Adam Scott put an exclamation point on his
victory at the 72nd hole Sunday.
Armed with three-stroke lead heading to the final hole, Scott found the
fairway off the tee, then nearly drained his second shot for eagle from over
200 yards out.
Scott rolled in the five-foot birdie putt to win the WGC - Bridgestone
Invitational by four strokes. The victory was his eighth on both the PGA and
The Australian closed with a five-under 65 to end the tournament at 17-under-
par 263 on the South Course at Firestone Country Club.
"Today, I was on. I felt good today, and I stayed so patient and picked my
moments," said Scott in a television interview afterwards. "It was a good
round of golf today, I'm really stoked."
World No. 1 Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler both closed with four-under 66s to
share second place at minus-13.
Jason Day and Ryo Ishikawa both closed with one-under 69s to share fourth
place 12-under-par 268.
Seven-time champion Tiger Woods birdied three straight holes from the 15th en
route to an even-par 70. He ended at one-over-par 281, which gave him a share
Woods fell to plus-four for the championship with a double-bogey on the sixth
and three bogeys between the eighth and 13th. He rallied with three straight
birdies from the 15th to end at plus-one.
"I had it in spurts this week. I hit it really well, and then I'd lose it and
get it back," Woods explained. "Today was a good example of that. I hit it
well starting out, then completely lost it there, and tried to piece it back
together at the end. I found my putting stroke at the end, too, which was
The other storyline revolving around Woods and Scott was the Australian's use
of Woods' former caddie Steve Williams. Williams caddied for Woods in all
seven of his wins at this event.
"He obviously feels very comfortable on this golf course. He's got it under
control," Scott told the Golf Channel when asked about Williams. "He's got a
lot of great notes that he threw at me about the greens this week. He pumped
me up with confidence."
Scott led by one to start the round and had a steady front nine. He got up and
down for birdie from a greenside bunker on the par-five second to move to 13-
The 31-year-old cruised to seven consecutive pars from the third, maintaining
Around the turn, Scott pulled away from the field. He converted a seven-foot
birdie effort on the par-four 10th and chipped in for birdie at the par-three
12th to move to 15-under to take a two-shot lead.
At the 14th, Scott poured in a 27-footer for birdie to extend his margin to
four shots. Fowler and Donald made late birdies to move within three, but
Scott sealed the deal down the stretch.
Scott got up and down for par on the 15th. He had 12 feet for birdie on 16 and
six feet for birdie on 17, but ended up two-putting both before following
Williams' advice perfectly at the last.
Scott played a five-wood down the middle off the tee, and his approach shot
nearly one-hopped into the cup. He settled for a five-foot birdie putt to
close out the win.
"I expected to play well. I've always felt I was a good front-runner with the
lead. I've won most of my tournament from leading, so I so feel comfortable
out there," Scott said in an interview with the Golf Channel. "Today was a
very good day, especially on the back nine."
Scott has won six of the eight times he had the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour
and seven of the eight times he led after three rounds on the European Tour.
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy carded a three-under 67 to join Zach Johnson
(68) and Kyung-Tae Kim (66) in sixth place at 10-under-par 270.
David Toms (67) and world No. 2 Lee Westwood (65) were one stroke further back
NOTES: Scott collected $1.4 million for the win, which was his first WGC
title...The third-round leader has now won this title eight of 13
times...Hunter Mahan, the 2010 champion, closed with a one-under 69 to share
37th with Woods and six others...Phil Mickelson struggled to a two-over 72 to
slide into a tie for 48th at plus-three...Martin Kaymer will defend his title
next week at the PGA Championship, the season's final major.
08/07 19:16:01 ET