Scott storms home to capture Australian PGA Championship

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Adam Scott romps to a four-stroke victory to claim the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

Adam Scott with the Joe Kirkwood Cup. Image courtesy of PGA of Australia.
Adam Scott with the Joe Kirkwood Cup. Image courtesy of PGA of Australia.

A thunderstorm suspended play for just over 90 minutes during the final round of the 2013 Australian PGA Championship and served as a dramatic pause before a sensational golf shot from Adam Scott.

As storms clouds circled and tournament officials reached to blow the horn for a suspension of play, Adam Scott held a one shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Jack Wilson.

Final Leaderboard

-14 Adam Scott (Aus)
-10 Rickie Fowler (US)
-8 Jack Wilson (Aus)
-7 Cameron Percy (Aus)
-6 Michael Wright (Aus)

Jack Wilson won the WA PGA Championship last month and the 22-year-old trainee professional at Kingswood Golf Club looked capable of challenging Scott by making three birdies in his opening six holes.

Rickie Fowler also looked like making a serious run at Scott and matched his birdie at the eighth to apply some pressure. When Scott made just his third bogey of the week at the ninth hole golf fans started to wonder if the Masters champion could hold on for victory.

But Adam Scott is no longer just a likeable Australian golfer. He is now a world-class, likeable Australian golfer.

When the storms cleared, Scott hit one of the most sublime 4-iron’s you’ll ever see. His +200 metre second shot to the par-5 12th hole almost dropped in the hole for an albatross, finishing just inches from the hole.

“I went back out feeling pretty good about myself really,” said Scott who went on to eagle the par-5 12th, his first hole after the delay.” Scott said about his eagle at the 12th.

“It just faded in of my intended line. It was a pure strike, it ended up being a great result and a big part of me going on to win I think.”

The eagle all but assured Scott of victory. He birdied the 14th and 15th holes just to sweeten the cake and he became the sixth golfer to have won the three big Australian golf tournaments. Greg Norman, Robert Allenby, Peter Lonard, Craig Parry, Peter Senior and now Adam Scott have each won the Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open and the Australian Masters in their careers.

In a week that celebrated Adam Scott’s return home to Australia for the first time since his historic Masters victory it is a wonder he had the energy to make the cut, let alone win the tournament.

It was a huge week for Scott. He attended a special dinner in his honour, was handed the keys to the city, signed hundreds of autographs, did interview after interview and fans honoured his Masters win on Friday with a special “Wear Green for Adam Scott” day.

It’s always been easy to like Adam Scott. He’s a genuine, quietly spoken, generous bloke. But he’s become much more than just a nice bloke with a stunning golf swing.

He is now a Masters champion who looks capable of winning every tournament he starts and eyeing off at least a second major in 2014.

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