Scott secures ‘Aussie Slam’ on the Gold Coast
Adam Scott put on a master display of final day golf to win the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines Resort.
Scott finished on 14-under, with rounds of 65-67-71 and 67 sending him four strokes clear of American Rickie Fowler.Adam Scott proudly shows off the 2013 Australian PGA trophy to the crowd (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Lightning and rain sent the players running for cover and a frustrating break of 90 minutes.
When play resumed Scott was quick out of the box crushing a 240m four-iron into the 12th green. It slipped past the hole to finish a foot clear, leaving Scott a simple tap in for eagle.
“I had some momentum when the delay came in,” said Scott who claimed his first Australian PGA title.
“I hit a great drive down 12. I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this. That’s what happens at these tournaments. I hit a four iron and it couldn’t have been better.”
The world number two added birdies on 14 and 15 to stretch his lead before striding down the 18th fairway to the adulation of some of the biggest galleries ever seen in Queensland.
It was clearly a special win for Scott, who later paid tribute to his friends and family for supporting him all week and dedicated the Cup to his father, Phil.
“This was the one I wanted,” said Scott.
“This was the icing on the cake. It’s been an incredible year since April. I’ve looked forward to coming home ever since.”
”It means so much coming home to my friends and family including my Queensland family – this one is for my folks.”
Fowler was a crowd favourite and certainly put on a gritty display of golf all week, including a course record 63 on Thursday.
During today’s final round, the American peppered the tight pins and smashed his drives thrilling the “Rickie” fans who wore his traditional Oklahoma Orange outfits to surge on their man.
“It’s always great walking up 18 and being in contention,” said Fowler.
“Obviously, I wasn’t going to win but being alongside Adam and seeing him win in front of his hometown crowd and the support we had all week was something special.”
PGA trainee professional, Jack Wilson, had a stellar tournament finishing in third position at 8-under.
Cameron Percy was fourth at 7-under with Michael Wright in fifth at 6-under.
Scott and Fowler had been the face of the tournament and neither disappointed the strong following of fans over the four days at Royal Pines.
Scott was returning to Queensland with his famous green jacket in tow. He was the main attraction at a pre-tournament dinner and then on Friday fellow pros, spectators and officials all wore green to mark his US Masters win.
This was Scott’s time and it will go down as one of the best sporting moments this summer.
His triumphant homecoming will continue at the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne this week and then at the Australian Open at Royal Sydney from November 28.