Australian PGA: Masters champion Adam Scott takes four-shot victory at Royal Pines
Adam Scott produced a back nine surge to secure a home-soil victory in the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines.
Last Updated: 10/11/13 9:00am
The Masters champion came home in 32 to card a final round 67 and claim a four-shot win over American Rickie Fowler.
By adding the PGA to his Masters and Open titles, it meant Scott became just the sixth man to complete the Australian Triple Crown.
Scott, playing in front of his adoring home fans on the Gold Coast, had taken a three-shot lead into the final day but a front nine 35 which featured a birdie at eight and a bogey at nine allowed Fowler to close the gap.
Clad in his normal bright orange final day outfit, Fowler birdied the first, fifth and eighth and despite a bogey at the third he'd pulled within one shot with just nine to play.
Scott was given even more to think about after dangerous weather conditions caused the final round to be suspended for 90 minutes with his lead still just a single stroke with seven to play.
But Scott's first shot after the resumption was a sensational approach to the par five 12th which came within inches of dropping into the hole for an albatross.
The tap-in eagle against Fowler's birdie extended the Augusta hero's lead to two and that quickly became four as the Californian bogeyed the 13th while Scott added another birdie at 14.
The two big guns traded birdies at 15 and three more pars for Scott saw him close out victory.
Fowler, who birdied 16 to get within three, bogeyed 17 and parred 18 to post a final round 68.
"This was the one I wanted. This was the icing on the cake," said Scott, who finally won his first major back in April when he beat Angel Cabrera in a play-off to become the first Australian to capture The Masters at Augusta.
Speaking of his superb second shot which set up an eagle at the 12th, he said: "I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this. That's what happens at these tournaments. I hit a four iron and it couldn't have been better."
Australian Jack Wilson, who was tied second and just one off the lead after three birdies in his opening six holes, also shot a 68 to finish in solo third on eight-under.
Cameron Percy (68) took fourth on seven-under while it was a further shot back to Michael Wright (71) in fifth.