Great Scott At Firestone
AKRON, OHIO | The obvious was wasted on no
one in golf, when Adam Scott won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Sunday with Tiger
Woods’ former caddie.
The right guy on the bag can make a big difference.
Scott bested the South Course at Firestone
Country Club, beginning with a first-round 62 to
go with 66-65 on the weekend to finish 72 holes
at 17-under-par 263 and a four-shot victory.
The 31-year-old Aussie, who won his eighth
tournament on the PGA Tour, has always been
billed as a player with plenty of unfulfilled potential. He was best known as having mimicked
Woods’ old swing, making him one of the best-looking swingers on Tour.
But despite winning The Players in 2004,
he was never thought of as anyone who would
threaten to win major championships. He was
never a good putter and didn’t seem particularly motivated.
Now he has the last two items checked off.
Having gone to a long putter, he has tremendous
confidence on the greens, and the addition of
Steve Williams on his bag, which began at the
U.S. Open, has provided the necessary motivation. He will be one of the favorites this week at
the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
“I am,” Scott said, “really stoked.”
So will the players who filled the next four
spots on the leaderboard. Rickie Fowler and Luke
Donald, who tied for second at 13-under 267,
showed sufficiently good form at the Bridgestone
to be considered among the favorites, as well.
And Jason Day, who has two runner-up finishes
in major championships this year, was tied for
fourth with Ryo Ishikawa at 12-under 268.
The day started out with the leaderboard littered with young stars chasing Scott. Ishikawa,
19, was in the final pairing with Scott, one behind when the day began. And Ishikawa owned
a share of the lead early in the round with three
birdies in his first six holes.
But Scott made the turn with three birdies in
his first five holes on the incoming nine, including a chip-in at the par- 3 12th and a 30-foot
birdie putt on the par- 4 14th, to put sufficient
distance between him and the rest of the field.
Donald, the world No. 1, vaulted up the leaderboard with a final-round 66, as did 22-year-
old Fowler. Ishikawa’s run at Scott faded on
the back nine and he could do no better than
1-under 69 in the final round.
Day, 23, was tied for second with Ishikawa
entering the final round, but three bogeys
nearly offset his four birdies and all he could
manage was 69 on Sunday to share fourth place
As for Woods, it was his first tournament
back since he withdrew from The Players in May.
He finished tied for 37th at 1-over 281.