Golf Roundup: Scott edges Dufner in playoff to win at ColonialFrom wire services
May 25. 2014 10:23PM
Adam Scott celebrated his first week as world number one in emphatic fashion by winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas on Sunday.
Last year's Masters champion notched his 24th professional victory, including 11 on the PGA Tour, by beating American Jason Dufner on the third playoff hole at Colonial Country Club after starting the day two shots off the lead.
Scott made a clutch 15-foot putt at the second extra hole to stay alive then sank a seven-foot birdie at the next to become the fourth Australian to win at Colonial, joining Bruce Crampton, Bruce Devlin and Ian Baker-Finch.
"I certainly didn't play perfect this week, making a few errors, but it's the way you come back and get it done and I felt like I certainly played like one of the best players in the world out there on the back nine," Scott told reporters after becoming the first player to complete the so-called Texas Slam, following victories at the Houston Open (2007), Byron Nelson Championship (2008) and Texas Open (2010).
"It's a real honor for me to win here. I was determined because I really wanted to win them all here in Texas."
The week was not all smooth sailing for Scott, who was four-over after nine holes on Thursday and also double-bogeyed the ninth on Sunday to dig himself into another hole.
But he recovered with three quick birdies, including a 40-footer at the 14th that gave him the lead and prompted a punch of the air with an outstretched index finger, as if to offer a reminder that he is number one.
He and Dufner shot 66 to finish on nine-under-par 271, one shot ahead of American Nicholas Thompson and Swede Freddie Jacobson.
Dufner, the reigning PGA Championship winner, looked set to claim his fourth tour title when he stuffed a nine-iron into four feet at the second extra hole.
But the newly-married Scott, 33, calmly drained his birdie attempt to set the stage minutes later for his first victory of the year.
"A ball-striker like Jason is going to hit one in close sooner or later and he did on 17," Scott said. "To make the putt was huge."
The final round began with 36 players within four strokes of the lead, but in the end the cream came to the top as Scott, who needed to finish 13th or better to stay atop the world rankings, found an extra gear as all of his rivals except Dufner stalled.
McIlroy ends tumultuous week by winning Wentworth showpiece
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Former world number one Rory McIlroy ended a tumultuous week by firing a six-under-par 66 in the final round to score a fairytale victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday.
The Northern Irishman, who broke up with tennis-playing fiancee Caroline Wozniacki a few days ago, finished with a 14-under total of 274 after a remarkable day of ebbing and flowing at the European Tour's flagship event.
Ireland's Shane Lowry carded a 68 to take second place on 275 while Dane Thomas Bjorn, who went into the last round holding a five-stroke lead, ballooned to a 75 and had to be content with a share of third spot alongside twice former winner Luke Donald (70).
On a topsy-turvy day of glorious sunshine during which the swirling winds and tricky pin positions caused the lead to constantly change hands, it was McIlroy who held his nerve the best.
A succession of long putts were holed by the leading players and Donald twice chipped in over the closing stages but the 25-year-old McIlroy ultimately took the tournament by the scruff of the neck with four birdies in the last nine holes.
The victory was McIlroy's sixth on the European Tour and his first on the mainland. He had previously triumphed twice in Dubai, twice in the United States and once in Hong Kong.
The world number 10 ended his campaign in stylish fashion, birdying the par-five 17th and 18th and he threw his ball high into the grandstands after converting a four-foot putt on the final green.
Montgomerie breaks American drought with Senior PGA win
Colin Montgomerie broke his long American drought in style when he won the Senior PGA Championship by four strokes in Michigan on Sunday.
Montgomerie, who never won on the PGA Tour despite a decorated career in Europe, fended off a mid-round charge from Tom Watson to clinch the second major of the season on the over-50s Champions Tour.
The Scot carded 65 to finish at 13-under-par 271 and evergreen American Watson made four birdies in five holes from the turn to shoot 65 and claim second place.
"It's been a long time," Montgomerie told NBC TV. "I haven't won a 72-hole event in America until today. It's a very special moment for myself and my caddie. We've been trying, my god we've been trying.
"We've come close on a number of occasions. It's great to come here as a senior and finally break that duck."
Montgomerie, who turned 50 last year, has won 31 times on the European Tour, where he topped the order of merit a record eight times, including seven seasons in a row.
But his only previous victory in the United States was at the 1998 World Championship Match Play event, which at the time was unofficial.
Montgomerie teed off with a one-stroke lead on Sunday and effectively clinched the title with six birdies in eight holes, starting at the eighth.
Any lingering doubts about the outcome disappeared when his second shot into the par-four 18th sailed long and left of the green, only to strike the grandstand and ricochet back onto the putting surface.
Watson, 64, was the only player to make a serious run at Montgomerie, who paid tribute to the man who will captain the American Ryder Cup team against Europe in September.
"If his Ryder Cup team has his ambition we're in big trouble this year," Montgomerie quipped, before continuing to talk about how much the victory meant.
Back-nine surge leads Korda to Airbus LPGA title
Jessica Korda shot a 6-under-par 30 on the back nine Sunday, and her birdie on the 18th hole gave her a one-shot victory in the Airbus LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Tied for fourth at the start of play in the fourth and final round, Korda shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 on the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove Golf Club, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The 21-year-old Floridian finished at 20-under 268 for the tournament, good for a one-shot win over Anna Nordqvist of Sweden.
The Airbus title was worth $195,000 for Korda, who recorded her third LPGA victory. She also won the Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA earlier this year, and she captured the 2012 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.
With the win, Korda will jump from 26th to 16th place in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. She also moved up to eighth on the LPGA's 2014 money list at $485,632.
Korda, Anna Nordqvist and Karrie Webb are the only two-time winners on the LPGA Tour this year.