Adam Scott tops Sergio Garcia to win Honda Classic

A happy Adam Scott after Photo Courtesy: Titelst.com
A happy Adam Scott after winning the Honda Classic in beautiful Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Photo Courtesy: Titelst.com

By Jay Betsill

Former Masters champion and past No. 1 player in the world Adam Scott survived the difficult PGA National at Palm Beach Gardens to capture The Honda Classic for his first win since the 2014 Dean and Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

“It just reassures me I’m on the right track with the things I’m doing on the greens, and I’m just going to try and get better every week,” Scott said. “And I think it’s in a great spot at the moment. If I can get better and better, then I like what’s to come.”

Scott tapped in for a closing to par to best Sergio Garcia by one stroke and in doing so, he be came the first player to switch from the anchored putter to win a PGA Tour event. This was Scott’s third tournament since a new rule that outlaws the anchored stroke Scott used for a long putter the last five years and it was the first time Scott won with a short putter since the 2010 Singapore Open.

“I’ve kind of said it the whole time. I don’t think it’s going to be that big a deal for me,” said Scott, who finished second last week at Riviera. “It’s some hard work, and I’m not afraid of that. I’m glad it’s going in the right direction, and I’ve putted pretty solid the last couple weeks, and I want to make sure that keeps going.”

Notables in the field included Justin Thomas ( T3, -5), Graeme McDowell (5, -4), Vijay Singh (T6, -3), Rickie Fowler (T6, -3), Phil Mickelson (T37, +3), (Davis Love III (T43, +4), defending champion Padraig Harrington (T43, +4) and Ernie Els (T70, +9). Rory McIllroy and Patrick Reed missed the cut.

Next up on the PGA Tour is the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. The stacked field features 48 of the top 50 in the world rankings and top money-winners from various world tours.

NOTES
— Jason Bohn, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour who is No. 15 in the FedEx Cup this year, survives major heart attack at The Honda Classic. Read about it at espn.com

— Louis Oosthuizen won first tournament appearance in Australia at the Perth International. Read about it here