Scott wins Crowne Plaza playoff over Dufner
Adam Scott has won for a first time this season in defeating America’s Jason Dufner in a play-off to capture the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Forth Worth, Texas.
The Lone Star State again proved a happy hunting ground for the Australian who captured the 2007 Shell Houston Open, 2008 Byron Nelson Classic and the 2010 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.Adam Scott became the first ever player to win the Texas Slam (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The victory is also Scott’s first as a married man after revealing at the recent Players Championship he secretly tied the knot at his Bahamas hideaway just days after his Masters defence.
Both Scott and Dufner ended regulation play tied at nine under par with both 2013 Major Champions shooting final rounds of 66.
The duo then went to the first extra hole where both players made par and then onto the second extra hole where they also made pars.
Scott then sealed victory with a birdie at the third extra hole to collect the $US 1.152m first prize cheque.
It is Scott’s 11th official victory on the PGA Tour although he also won the shortened 2005 Nissan Open but the PGA Tour, unlike under European Tour guidelines, did not recognise the win.
Victory in Fort Worth ensures Scott remains world number one.
The play-off could not have been better for Texas fans with Scott and Dufner duelling it out on the famed Colonial County Club course.
Scott was flirting all day with dropping out of his No. 1 spot knowing he needed a top 13 finish to keep Sweden’s Henrik Stenson from ending his reign at the top of the world rankings after just one week.
After a double bogey at the ninth, it looked like Scott’s shot at a win was over but the Aussie regrouped for an inward 32 to get back to the lead at 9-under.
Dufner was another early charger, and probably should have posted a number better than 66 but missed a couple short putts and burned the edges on a few others.
His irons, as usual, were all over the flagstick but he couldn’t get the birdies to drop on the back nine.
Then came the 18th, and the reigning PGA Champion holed a gem from 25 feet.
But to no avail and Dufner’s chances were put to bed by Scott at the third extra hole.
Scott’s win certainly makes amends for letting slip victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
And Scott’s win continues a remarkable ‘Down Under’ success on the PGA with the Queenslander becoming the fourth Aussie to win on golf’s greatest stage in 2014.