Scott birdies third playoff hole to win Colonial


By Jimmy Burch

By Jimmy Burch

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas (MCT) — Adam Scott is the best golfer in the world.

And it showed on Sunday.

Scott rolled in a 7-foot, 3-inch birdie putt on the third playoff hole at No. 18 to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

With the win, Scott becomes the first golfer to win the Texas slam in his career. The slam includes the HP Byron Nelson (2008), Shell Houston Open (2007), Valero Texas Open (2010) and Colonial.

Scott, who entered the tournament as the world's No. 1 ranked golfer, and Jason Dufner each shot a 4-under-par 66 to finish at 9-under 271 and force a playoff.

"He's a great player, obviously No. 1 in the world. It's tough to beat him," Dufner said. "He made the birdies."

Each golfer shot a 66 on Sunday. Dufner made a clutch, 25-foot, 1-inch birdie on No. 18. Scott had seven birdies, but might have done his best work saving pars.

In the playoff, Dufner went first from No. 18.

Both made par on the hole. Dufner from 2 feet, 6 inches and Scott at 3 feet, 6 inches.

From No. 17, Dufner went first again. And they both birdied the hole.

Scott hit from 14 feet, 5 inches. Dufner birdied from 4 feet, 5 inches.

"I thought I could sneak one in there on 17, but he topped me," Dufner said.

Then it was back to No. 18.

Dufner left his second shot 39 feet, 7 inches from the hole. Scott's shot landed 7 feet, 3 inches from the hole.

Dufner missed his birdie try to the right of the hole.

"I had a great look," Dufner said. "Probably the same one I had in regulation."

Then Scott sank his shot to win the tournament in front of a massive crowd.

He celebrated with a right-hand fist pump then acknowledged the crowd.

The playoff is the fifth on the Tour this season and the 11th at Colonial. Prior to Sunday, the most recent playoff here came in 2009, when Steve Stricker beat Tim Clark and Steve Marino.

The day began with partly cloudy skies, but humid, conditions. There was light rain in the early evening, but the golfers continued to play.

The leaderboard was in flux all day as it had been throughout the tournament.

David Toms was in position to join the playoff duo, but he closed with a 70 and tied for fifth. He birdied No. 15 to move to 7-under, then had three consecutive pars.

Nicholas Thompson had five birdies, including a 12 foot, 4 inch shot on No. 18, to close out the day with a 66 for an 8-under 272 and a third-place tie with Freddie Jacobson. Jacobson shot 67 on Sunday.

"I was happy with the way I played my way back in it," Jacobson said. "I made some good putts on some other holes and kept giving myself good chances. I was very happy with the way I played under pressure."

David Lingmerth was one of five players tied at 273. He shot 66 on Sunday.

"The weekend was pretty solid. (I) had a few missed shots here and there, but overall a pretty solid week," Lingmerth said. "I made lots of pars and two unfortunate bogeys at the end that I wish I could have had back."

Defending champion Boo Weekley shot a 74 and closed at 288.

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