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Adam Scott wins the Australian PGA at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
After 2226 days, Adam Scott has claimed another home title at the Australian PGA holding off New Zealand’s Michael Hendry by two strokes.
The US Masters champion did not have it all his way as he had challenges from Hendry, former Australian Open winner Cameron Davis and former US Amateur champion Nick Flanagan who both tied for third, three shots behind Scott.
With 10 holes to play all 4 men were tied at 10 under and Wade Ormsby also joined that group. One hole later it was only Scott, Flanagan and Hendry in the lead. Another hole after that only Hendry and Scott were on top of the leader board.
It was on the par 5 15th hole where Scott was able to put his stamp on the tournament where the highest ranked Australia hit his 5 iron from 195 metres to 10 feet and was able to drain his eagle putt taking a 2 shot advantage into the final 3 holes.
Scott was able to bogey the 18th hole and still win by two shots claiming for the second time the Joe Kirkwood Cup and his 30th win worldwide career win.
“It’s been a long time between drinks for me and maybe only once or twice did the thought cross my mind that I’ll never win again,” Scott admitted after ending a winning drought stretching back three years, nine months and 16 days to the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March 2016.
“It’s very difficult to win. I’m on the wrong side of this age thing now where these young guys are really good. I played some pretty good golf a couple weeks this year and fell short. You know, record setting scores.
“The courses are getting tougher, guys are playing good. Just being all right doesn’t really get you in, you’ve got to be pretty much sensational.”
It was tough going during Scott’s middle part of his round.
“Six, seven and eight I thought just made the day hard for me because I had an opportunity to, I thought, kind of get a few in front and make it hard for everyone else, but I didn’t do well on those holes,” the 39-year-old admitted, his blemish at eight his only dropped shot until the final hole.
“And then 12 was a great save. As good as the eagle on 15 was, the par on 12 was equally good.”
After the round Scott admitted the win was as much for him as his daughter.
“That will be fun for my daughter because she’s asked all year for a trophy, so I’ve not been able to deliver,” Scott said of his early Christmas present.
“So that will be fun for me tonight, see if that makes her happy.
“It’s big for the confidence. I’ve seen what it’s done for me in the past; a win, you feel like you’re just never going to lose again, so you want to run with that while the confidence is up.
“Somehow I’ll have to think that in seven weeks when I step back onto the course in LA.
“At the end of 2012, I won the Masters in Melbourne and then off some good golf where I didn’t win and what that kicked me onto in ’13 and on.
“You know, there’s a lot of confidence from a win and I’ll look forward to enjoying that.
“There’s a long way to go, but it’s nice to have reassurance and the belief of winning.
“You want to be in contention and you want to find out how you feel and how you respond and I got some of that today.
“If I happen to be in that position someday at the Masters, I can draw on today and past experience, but this is a little more fresh than going back to 2016 and trying to remember how I felt.”