Late eagle sends Scott to Grand Slam of Golf win|
Southampton, Bermuda (SportsNetwork.com) - Propelled by an eagle at the par-5
17th, Masters champion Adam Scott rallied to overtake Justin Rose on Wednesday
and win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two strokes.
In addition to his go-ahead eagle on No. 17, Scott carded five birdies during
his bogey-free, 7-under 64 at Port Royal Golf Course to overcome a 3-shot
overnight deficit. The Australian finished 36 holes at 8-under-par 134 in his
first appearance at the event, which brings together the year's four major
"I'm thrilled to come out on top," said Scott. "Fun, but a trying couple of
days here really, especially today. It felt like a long round out there but I
was happy with the score."
Rose held a 4-stroke lead through seven second-round holes, but the U.S. Open
winner managed a pair of bogeys and nine pars the rest of the way en route to
a 69 and a runner-up result at 6-under.
PGA Champion Jason Dufner shot 70 and placed third at 3-under, while defending
champion Padraig Harrington (71) finished last at 3-over 145. Harrington
replaced Phil Mickelson in the field after the British Open champion withdrew
due to a scheduling conflict.
Scott methodically chipped away at Rose's lead on Wednesday, though he didn't
pull even until the par-3 16th, where the overnight leader hit into the
trimmed branches of a bush, took a drop and eventually bogeyed.
At the 510-yard 17th, Scott found the fairway off the tee, then went for the
green with his second, dropping a 190-yard 6-iron three inches from the cup
and eventually tapping in for eagle. Rose, meanwhile, went left and close to
the water with his first, knocked his second just short of the green and
chipped within 12 feet before missing his birdie putt and settling for par.
Suddenly ahead by two, Scott comfortably parred No. 18 to seal the comeback
"After he made bogey on 16, I managed to capitalize on that by hitting such a
great shot into 17," Scott continued. "A really fun couple of days."
Earlier, with wind and rain whipping, Scott birdied two of his first three
holes to get within one of Rose. But the Englishman answered, reeling off four
straight birdies from the fourth, matching Scott's gain at No. 7, to go ahead
The harsh weather eventually relented, but Scott did not, and Rose was caught
in the ensuing storm.
Rose began to take on water at the par-4 ninth, where he needed three shots to
reach the green, then missed his 40-foot par putt and carded bogey. Around the
turn, Scott sent his tee shot at the par-3 13th within six feet and kicked
that in for birdie, then added another birdie at the par-4 15th to get within
one stroke of Rose.
A day earlier, Scott stumbled to a double bogey at the 218-yard 16th, but this
time he hit just short of the green and made par from there, while Rose's lead
was washed away for good when he found the branches and bogeyed.
"The rain sort of stopped and I guess it was all Adam really I guess," Rose
said. "I struggled and hit one bad shot ... hit in the hazard on 16; and I
didn't hit a lot of great shots on the back nine, that's what I will say, but
I was hanging on. Didn't really play all that well today but was hanging on.
And Adam, to give him credit there, had an amazing finish."
NOTES: Scott, Rose and Dufner were all first-time major champions in 2013 ...
Rose and Nick Faldo (1996) are the only players from England to compete in
this event ... Harrington's last-place finish was his worst in four
appearances at this event. The three-time major winner placed runner-up here
in 2007 and 2008. The defending champion of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf
receives the initial invitation if a current major champion is unable to
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