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Golf Australia Express : Issue 6
WHETHERIT was that long-handled putter or the bloke on the bag that did it we can’t be certain, but either way Adam Scott won his eighth PGA Tour title with victory at the WGC Bridgesone Invitational on Sunday. With Tiger Woods’s former caddie Steve Williams doing the job for the Australian, Scott saluted in a dominant performance just a week out from the PGA Championship. But barely anyone wanted to talk about the winner, with Scott happy to let the focus fall squarely on the man carrying his clubs. In bizarre scenes at Firestone Country Club in Ohio, raucous chants of “Stev-ie Will-iams” rang out as Scott made his way up the 18th having already virtually sealed victory by raining his approach shot almost onto the pin. Minutes after Scott drained his fourth back-nine birdie to sign for a five-under 65 and an overall four-stroke win at 17-under, Williams didn’t miss the chance to pot his former boss when asked about the win. “I’ve caddied for 33 years—145 wins now—and that’s the best win I’ve ever had,” Williams said, pushing his 13 major wins and 72 wins ADAM WINS ON PGA EVE with Woods, who finished his comeback tournament in a tie for 37th at a lowly one-over, to the back of his mind. “It’s the greatest week of my life. I’m a very confident front-runner and I want to finish first,” he said, making pointed references to Woods, who sacked the New Zealander in a bitter split after Williams caddied for Scott at the British Open. But back to the golf, and Scott was virtually untouchable on Thursday and Sunday, posting the round of the day with an eight-under 62 to open before driving the result home. His Achilles heel, the putter, looked like a thing of the past as he used the broomstick to drop three birdies in five holes to open his back nine, though there were glimpses of the Scott of old. So dominant was the Queenslander that his win came despite missing makeable birdie chances at 11, 16 and 17. Scott admitted he was in rare air as he romped to his 18th professional win. “Today, I was on,” he said. “ To win here at this place, a World Golf Championship, it’s huge.” He quickly paid tribute to Williams, who won the event seven times with Woods. “He has such a great knowledge of this golf course and the greens,” Scott said of his caddie. “He’s seen a guy play incredible golf, the best golf anyone has ever played around here, so many times. He really guided me around the course nicely.” The Australian’s closest challengers, American Rickie Fowler and World No.1 Luke Donald, never got close, playing solid four-under final rounds but failing to make an impression on Scott’s lead. Fellow Australian Jason Day looks like he’ll again be a danger at this week’s major, finishing in a tie for fourth at 12-under but signing off with a disappointing one- under final round. The rest of the Australians were like chalk and cheese, with Aaron Baddeley finishing just outside the top 10 at eight-under, Geoff Ogilvy and Richard Green finishing with Woods at one-over, Robert Allenby languishing at three-over and Stuart Appleby finishing dead last in the no-cut event, a whopping 36 strokes behind Scott at 19-over. OTG WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE MEN’S TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 ADAM SCOTT AUS -17 $ 1,400,000 T2 RICKIE FOWLER USA -13 $ 665,000 T2 LUKE DONALD ENG -13 $ 665,000 T4 RYO ISHIKAWA JPA -12 $ 332,500 T4 JASON DAY AUS -12 $ 332,500 T6 KYUNG-TAE KIM KOR -10 $ 215,000 T6 ZACH JOHNSON USA -10 $ 215,000 T6 RORY MCILROY NIR -10 $ 215,000 T9 LEE WESTWOOD ENG -9 $ 152,500 T9 DAVID TOMS USA -9 $ 152,500 WRAP THE