As Rory McIlroy let his three-shot lead slip away, Adam Scott managed to overcome two early double bogies to claim his second victory in two weeks.  Meanwhile, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump made a cameo at the host Doral resort which he owns.

Last week Adam Scott won the Honda Classic and along with his victory at Doral, he seems to have quieted critics who thought he would not perform as well now that the USGA and PGA have banned anchored putters in competition.  Next Week Scott will have a chance to win the third of four-stop Florida swing at the Valspar Championship.  Scott is only the second player in the last twenty-five years to have won back to back on the Florida swing, the other being Tiger Woods. 

Scott had a quadruple bogey last week at the Honda Classic and still pulled off the victory, a feat only one other player has done since the 2009 season.  Sunday in Miami Scott started only three shots behind Rory McIlroy while also posting two double bogeys after hitting two shots in the water.  Scott also shanked a bunker shot on the 16th hole but yet was able to Salvage his par and finish off the field which included almost all of the top-ranked players in Golf.  Other than his slip ups, Scott played stellar golf, making six birdies after his two early double bogeys and falling six shots behind McIlroy.  However, McIlroy was unable to get anything going in his final round and finished in solo third. 

After birdieing the 11th hole on Donald Trump’s Blue Monster golf course, the Aussie kept the momentum going through the 14th hole recording 4 four birdies on the first five holes of the extremely difficult back nine. 

Scott had the lead going into the last hole but nearly blew it when he took a risk trying to fade his ball around a palm tree and away from the water hazard on the left side that he was forced to aim at when his drive ended up on the right-hand side with the palm tree blocking his approach.  Scott’s ball didn’t quite cut back enough and narrowly avoided landing in the water which would have cost him the title.  Rather, his ball landed on the hazard line and luckily stayed dry on the steep side slope alongside the water hazard.  Scott still had to get up down to clinch the victory and avoid a playoff with eventual runner-up Bubba Watson.  Scott fearlessly flopped his ball 17 feet straight up in the air before coming to rest seven feet from the hole.  Despite having had to switch from the anchor putter that has served him so well, the Aussie stepped up and holed the clutch putt with his new unanchored putter to seal the deal and win by one shot. 

Scott had been struggling prior to last week and many thought that he was the perfect example of why the anchor putter is unfair and should be banned.  In the months leading up to this week’s victory the Aussie had been switching back and forth before finding his form last week at the Honda Classic.  Now it seems clear that Scott is primed for the Masters in April and that any doubts about his putting and use of the anchor putter are no more.

 

Published by Ville Iso-Ahola