Adam Scott hoists the Crystal after his victory at PGA National Resort
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - If there was any doubt that one of the games best
ball striking talents could survive the putter anchoring ban, Adam Scott was on a
mission to end the doubt in just his 3rd start since the ban began. Finishing second
at Riviera just the week before, Scott outdueled Sergio Garcia and the rest of the
stellar field for the title at one of the tour's toughest tests at PGA National's
The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa continues to build momentum as
one of the tour's most prestigious non-majors. The Champion course (that hosted
the '87 PGA Championship and '83 Ryder Cup) seems to be becoming one of those
venues where the star is the course, and that's saying a lot considering Adam Scott,
Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler entered the day atop the leaderboard. (I may be a bit
bias considering that this event is a home game for yours truly, but having covered
many, one can easily tell the difference between a normal PGA event and the buzz that
now exisits in Palm Beach over this event).
Rickie Fowler looked to be the man to beat thru 36 holes (with a pair of four under
par 66's), but faded on the weekend. In a day and age where the young guns have
dominated the tour, the weekend action belonged to the premier mid thirty somethings -
Adam Scott & Sergio Garcia.
They entered Sunday both tied at 9 under par, but after a birdie at the first on Sunday
- Scott took the solo lead. When the Aussie bogeyed both the 9th & 10th it was a tie game
again, but when Sergio missed a short putt on the eleventh and Scott stuffed his approach
on the 12th he was in command for good. Both players made bogey on the par 4 sixteenth
with shortgame miscues, and then Garcia bogeyed the par 3 seventeenth to give Scott a
two shot lead playing the last. Sergio closed with a birdie at the eighteenth, just enough
to make Adam pay extra attention to the two foot tap in to secure the "W". Scott's solid
opening and closing 70's rounds were bookends to spectacular rounds of 65-66 on Friday
The 35 year old former World No.1 was beaming afterwards in his post round presser:
"It's was a sense of relief, but overall I'm thrilled with where my game is at, and to get
a victory is even more satisfying to just re-assure me that I'm working on all the right
things and that things are going in the right direction."
The win moves Adam Scott back to 9th in the OWGR. Garcia was solo second at -8 (71).
Blayne Barber and Justin Thomas finished tied for third at -5.