Adam Scott Wins First PGA Tour Event Since 2008

May 17th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

It had been since the 2008 Byron Nelson Classic that Australian Adam Scott had won on the PGA Tour.  Sunday at the Texas Open, Scott ended the drought, and broke through by shooting 11-under par in the 36-hole marathon on Sunday.

Scott was the victor by virtue of one-shot over Fredrik Jacobson at the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

Mother nature reared her head on Friday, completely washing out play and forcing the players to play two rounds on Sunday.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that the course architect just so happens to be the man that Scott idolized growing up as a junior golfer in Australia, Greg Norman.

Norman sent a message to Scott following the 29-year-old’s win.

“I questioned myself at times last year whether I was a great player or not,” Scott said in a post-round interview following his win. “I still feel I am.”

Scott finished a combined 14-under par, and collects the $1,098,000 winner’s check.

It was a rough start to the day for Scott, who bogeyed two holes in the beginning of his round before rebounding with a critical eagle on the 17th hole.

The young Australian made his victory a little close for comfort, by closing his final round with a bogey, that allowed Jacobson a potential tying putt that would have sent the tournament into a playoff.  Jacobson missed his birdie attempt however, and the victory was Scott’s.

Ernie Els finished in third place, two shots behind Scott, tied with Aaron Baddeley and Jimmy Walker.  Through this week, Els continues to remain atop the season-long FedEx Cup Points standings.

Jacobson fired a brilliant round of 65 on the first 18 holes Sunday, recording no bogeys.  He equaled his mark with no bogeys on the home 18 holes, but was unable to convert on easy birdie opportunities that he gave himself throughout the course of the round, shooting 70.

“I certainly felt with five holes to go I could do something,” Jacobson said in a post-round interview. “I had good feelings coming from the morning. I gave myself good looks on all five of them. Just didn’t happen.”

Scott made one more putt than Jacobson on the week, and that proved to be the difference.  It was not only Scott’s first win in two years, but was his first top-10 on the 2010 PGA Tour.

The win has no doubt renewed the confidence in the embattled golfer, who many had labeled as the next great young player on the tour.  Scott captured the 2004 Players Championship title and much more was expected from him.  However, he has failed to produce in majors, still looking for that elusive first title.

With the U.S Open only a month away, as USA Online Sportsbooks have established Scott with +3300 odds to win at Pebble Beach.

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