It turns out last week's Honda Classic may have just been the beginning of a season-long middle finger Adam Scott will extend to all those who thought he'd fall off the map due to the anchored putting ban. Scott became the second player in the last 25 years, joining Tiger Woods, to go back-to-back on the Florida swing, backing up that Honda Classic title with a WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Sunday.
Last week, Scott mitigated a quadruple bogey and still went on to win, the first player to have that large crooked number on his card and still win since 2009. This Sunday, he started three shots back of Rory McIlroy, hit two balls in the water, posted two double bogeys, a shanked bunker shot, and still somehow managed to get another win. The quad bogey last week and the water balls this week only illuminate just how much damn game Scott really has -- few others are navigating those troubles and still winning.
The two double bogeys in his first five holes on Sunday put him six shots behind standing on the sixth tee. The Aussie would play the final 13 holes in 6-under on a Doral Blue Monster course that punished this world class field, including the favorite McIlroy. The way Rory was striping it on Saturday, it was hard to see someone chasing him down and erasing that three-shot cushion. But McIlroy was just one of several top talents who went the wrong way while Scott fought back toward the top of the leaderboard on the back nine.
Scott nearly holed an approach at the 11th and the charge was on, tapping in what would be one of four birdies in the first fives holes of Trump Doral's back nine.
After all the work to get back in it, Scott nearly gave it away to Bubba Watson at the 18th hole. There's almost no landing area with the tee all way back on that extremely difficult finishing hole, and Scott pushed his drive just to the right side, avoiding the water but landing behind one lone nagging palm tree. Scott either had to lay up or try and pump a fade out over the water and back toward the flagstick. Every single pro's nerves would be fully exposed facing that decision, and Scott decided to go for it. He caught an incredible break when his ball landed behind the hazard line, but stayed up out of the water.
Scott still needed to get up-and-down from there to avoid a playoff with Bubba Watson, and he hit this beautiful flop shot.
The Aussie took hold of his unanchored putter and put that seven-footer right in the center of the cup to win by one.
Adam Scott went 18-for-18 on putts inside 10 feet in the final round.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) March 6, 2016
We went through it last week -- Scott was an extremely successful player before he went to the anchored stroke, winning 18 times and even leading the Tour in strokes gained-putting with the shorter putter back in 2004. The anchored stroke was what he used to win the Masters, however, and he'd been shaky switching back and forth in recent months so he became the poster boy of the ban. All that, however, obscured that he's still reputed to have the best swing in the game and one of the sexiest tee-to-green games in the world. Now he's got two straight wins at two of the Tour's marquee events against loaded fields and, barring an unraveling at Bay Hill in two weeks, he'll go to Augusta playing the best golf on the planet.
Here are your final results from Doral:
|Place||Player||Score||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total|
|T11||Rafael Cabrera Bello||-3||73||71||67||74||285|