Adam Scott defends Masters crown with 14-under in Melbourne
HE ISthe US Masters champion, the Australian Masters champion, and this week Adam Scott can become a world champion.
The Australian yesterday successfully defended his Masters crown at Royal Melbourne, firing a final-round 71 to finish 14-under par, two clear of American Matt Kuchar with former world No.1 Vijay Singh another shot away third.
Scott looked in trouble after handing the lead to Kuchar after a double bogey on the par-three 14th.
A poor lie saw his explosion shot run across the green, before he took three putts to finish with a double bogey to drop to 13-under.
Playing in the group ahead, Kuchar, who started the day four shots behind Scott on 10-under, birdied the par-five 15th to grab a one-shot lead.
The Australian however wasn't behind for long.
A brilliant long iron for his second shot to the 15th set up a 3m eagle attempt, although he had to be content with birdie to move back to 14-under, one shot behind Kuchar.
The American then gave that shot back on the par-four 16th, before throwing away any chance of victory with a double bogey on the final hole.
Scott needed only to par his final three holes to claim the title, which he did.
The world No.2 said he had been unaware of Kuchar's dramas, having been more concerned about the difficulties he was having himself.
"There was enough (drama) going on myself, I was just worrying about what I was doing," Scott said.
"I was just plodding along. I made my fair share of mistakes ... Royal Melbourne was playing difficult today."
If it was difficult for Scott, it was almost impossible for Nathan Holman who started the final round with a share of second place at 10-under, but slid to 15th after carding a seven-over 78.
Singh also had an up-and-down round, moving to within two shots of the lead after three birdies in the first six holes, before falling away with bogeys on the seventh and eighth.
The Fijian ended the day with a 71 to finish 10 under the card.
The three leaders will all be back at Royal Melbourne this week for the World Cup of Golf which features teams of two from 28 countries.
Scott and Jason Day will team up for Australia.
The US will be represented by Kuchar and world No.36 Kevin Streelman, while South Africa (Branden Grace and Richard Sterne), Ireland (Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry) and Thailand (Kiradech Aphibarnat and Thongchai Jaidee) will all fancy their chances.
Scott said he hoped his run of success would again bring out the galleries.
"This week was just incredible, so many people came out to watch," he said.
"Hopefully they all come out again to watch next week as well."
1 Adam Scott
2 Matt Kuchar (USA)
3 Vijay Singh (Fiji)
4 Nick Cullen (SA)
5 Ryan Fox (NZ), Matthew Griffin