FORT WORTH: Adam Scott lived up to his new world number one ranking with a thrilling playoff triumph over Jason Dufner on Sunday in the US PGA Tour’s Colonial tournament.
The Australian rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt at the third playoff hole for the victory, cementing his number one status in style.
He was playing as the world’s top player for the first time since taking over from injury-idled Tiger Woods on May 19.
The 2013 Masters champion’s hopes of maintaining the top spot took a hit with a first-round one-over 71 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday.
But he clawed his way back, and had gone into Sunday’s final round of the $6.4 million tournament tied for 11th but just two shots off the lead.
“This is a really special week for me,” said Scott. “It was, no matter what happened here. But to kind of find my way back into this tournament, around this golf course — it’s a real honor to win here. It’s a beauty.”
Scott, who returned to Colonial for the first time since 2011, added an unprecedented item to his resume: a career sweep of all of the US PGA Tour titles in Texas.
Henrik Stenson, the world number three from Sweden had been vying to move past Woods and Scott to seize the top ranking in the European PGA Championship at Wentworth won by Rory McIlroy.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2014.
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