No. 1 Adam Scott wins Colonial on 3rd playoff hole

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 26, 2014 at 2:59 am •  Published: May 26, 2014
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Adam Scott has a Texas slam to go with that No. 1 world ranking he will get to keep for now.

Scott capped his first week as the top-ranked player with a comeback victory Sunday at Colonial. He made a 7-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff to beat Jason Dufner and become the first player to win all four PGA Tour events played in the Lone Star State.

"That's a pretty good slam to start with," Scott said. "I'll see if I can find some kind of other slam eventually in my career."

Only days after officially overtaking the injured Tiger Woods for No. 1, Scott bogeyed four of his first nine holes in the opening round at Hogan's Alley. Then midway through the final round, the 2013 Masters champion had a double bogey that dropped him three strokes off the lead.

"It was a great week, I mean, no matter what," he said. "It's another experience, learning experience on how golf is, to get off to such a poor start on Thursday, and kind of claw my way back day to day. ... It's so satisfying in so many ways to get it done."

Scott looked like a No. 1 player with consecutive birdies in the playoff against Dufner, who won the PGA Championship last year.

"It's a good feeling, and maybe some validation," Scott said.

Scott and Dufner both parred No. 18 to start the playoff before matching birdies at the 17th hole. Dufner hit his approach pin high on 17 to 4½ feet, but Scott drained a 14-foot birdie before he even 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 his 7-footer for his 11th PGA Tour victory, to go along with 13 international titles, only 5½ weeks after the 33-year-old Australian got married.

"It's tough to beat him. He's a great player. It's tough to concentrate, he's so good looking, too," Dufner said. "I thought maybe I could sneak one in there on 17, but he topped me."

Scott and Dufner both shot 4-under 66 to finish at 9 under, the highest winning score at Colonial since 1999. They started the final round part of a seven-way tie for 11th place, but only two strokes behind a quartet of leaders.