What a first week as the world’s number one golfer for 33 year-old Adam Scott. He faced missing the cut on Thursday afternoon with a disappointing four over par start, clawed his way back into the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Saturday, and beat Jason Dufner on the third play-off hole on Sunday. He becomes the only player to win all of the Texas tournaments, not even Ben Hogan was able to get that done.
Teeing off on the back nine Thursday, the new world’s number one couldn’t find a birdie anywhere at the Colonial Country Club, and looked to be on the verge of missing his first cut as the world’s best player. He was able to rally back with three birdies on the front nine and get into the clubhouse at one over par.
The 2013 Masters champ clawed his way back into this tournament at Hogan’s Alley, one round at a time. He went bogey free on Saturday with a four under par 66, and was able to tee off Sunday afternoon with a chance to win.
A double bogey on the ninth hole put his day in jeopardy, but three birdies down the stretch got him into a playoff with Jason Dufner after Dufner made a big putt for birdie at 18.
It took three extra holes to settle this thing, but it netted Adam Scott a plaid jacket(it’s called a Tartan Jacket), and a piece of Texas history. Four of his 11 wins on the PGA Tour came at all of the Texas PGA venues.
When asked about being the only player in history to win all of the Texas events:
“I’ll take any kind of record I can get,” Scott said with a laugh.
“The Texas Slam, that’s a good slam to start with,” Scott said. “I’ll see if I can find some kind of other slam eventually in my career.”
It was an important event for Adam Scott to win. With Henrik Stenson facing a deeper field in England, Tiger Woods expected back in the near future, and the resurgence of Rory McIlroy, Scott needed this win if he wants to keep that number one ranking. You can be sure that if indeed Rory is back, it could be a revolving door at number one before the summer, and major season is over.