Tuesday 17 October 2017

Great Scott's steady climb to the top

Adam Scott of Australia lines up a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the Final Round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational
Adam Scott of Australia lines up a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the Final Round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational

Karl MacGinty

ADAM SCOTT brilliantly rubber-stamped his elevation to world No 1 last week by beating Jason Dufner with birdie on the third play-off hole of Sunday's Crowne Plaza Invitational.

Under the necessarily complicated workings of the ranking system, which is based on the average number of points won by players per event over a two-year period, Scott overtook the injured Tiger Woods without playing the weekend before last.

This caused controversy in some quarters but critics failed to notice that the event which 'dropped off' his tally last week was his most recent missed cut. So he has made the week-end at every one of the 42 tournaments he has played around the world in the past two years, a phenomenal record.

Sunday's win, achieved after he and reigning PGA champion Dufner tied on seven-under after both posted closing 66s, completed Scott's 'Texas Slam' ... Scott (33) won the Houston Open in 2007, the 2008 Byron Nelson in Dallas and the 2010 Texas Open in San Antonio.

The Australian has now finished first six times in the past 18 months, including last year's US Masters.

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