Scott needs 3 playoff holes to edge Dufner at Colonial
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Adam Scott was a late entry into Colonial because he wanted to play while ranked No. 1 in the world.
Scott will stay on top after a comeback victory at Hogan’s Alley. He made a 7-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff Sunday to beat Jason Dufner.
“It’s so satisfying in so many ways to get it done,” Scott said. “It’s a good feeling, and maybe some validation.”
Only days after officially overtaking injured Tiger Woods at No. 1, Scott bogeyed four of his first nine holes in the first round at Colonial. Midway through his final round, Scott had a double bogey that dropped him three strokes off the lead.
“Maybe added a little pressure for myself, trying to play like a No. 1. But I think the important thing was I realized that didn’t mean playing perfect, and I certainly didn’t play perfect all week,” Scott said. “But the way you come back and get it done, and I felt like I certainly played like one of the best players in the world out there on the back nine.”
The Australian certainly did in with consecutive birdies in the playoff.
The major champions parred No. 18 to start the playoff before matching birdies at the 17th hole. Dufner, who won the PGA Championship last year, hit his approach pin high on 17 to 41/2 feet, but 2013 Masters champ Scott drained a 14-foot birdie before Dufner putted.
Dufner, who made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18 in regulation, slid a 40-footer past when he and Scott played the 18th hole for the second time during the playoff. Scott then made the 7-footer for his 11th PGA Tour victory, 51/2 weeks after the 33-year-old Scott got married.
Montgomerie defeats Watson by 4 strokes
benton harbor, mich.
Colin Montgomerie won the Senior PGA Championship, finishing with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over 64-year-old Tom Watson.
It marked Montgomerie’s first victory as senior, his first win in seven years and his first in an official event in the United States. He also claimed a senior major in his fifth attempt, something he didn’t accomplish in 71 majors in his regular tour days.
The 51-year-old Scot finished at 13-under 261 at Harbor Shores. The victory was his first since he took the 2007 European Open for his 31st European Tour title.
Watson also closed with a 65.
Jay Haas and Bernhard Langer tied for third at 7 under. Haas had a 67, and Langer shot 70.
Korda captures second victory of year at Airbus
Jessica Korda won the Airbus LPGA Classic for her second victory of the year, birdieing four of the last five holes to break out of a tight pack.
Korda made a breaking 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory over Anna Nordqvist.
Also the winner in the season-opening event in the Bahamas, Korda played the back nine in 6-under 30 to finish at 20-under 268 on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex. Nordqvist also birdied the 18th and finished with a 69.
Michelle Wie, 18-year-old Charley Hull and 44-year-old Catriona Matthew tied for third at 18 under. Wie and Hull shot 67, and Matthew had a 69. Second-ranked Stacy Lewis had a 71 to tie for 10th at 15 under.