Former US Masters golf champion Adam Scott won the Honda Classic on Sunday after posting a final round of 70 to edge out Spaniard Sergio Garcia by one shot. Scott mixed three birdies with three bogeys at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida but his nine-under-par total was just enough to claim a first PGA Tour title in two years.
He started the day in fine form after sinking a fifteen-foot putt for a birdie on the first hole and he extended his lead further with an impressive two on the par three fifth. Scott suffered a double setback on the ninth and tenth holes but he regained his composure with a fine birdie on the 12th and even a bogey on the 16th was not enough to derail his momentum. The Australian eventually sunk a close range putt for par on the last to triumph.
“I’m thrilled at where my game’s at,” Scott said. “Hopefully I haven’t peaked too early. I know how to use the confidence of a win better now with my experience. Obviously, you want to go to the Masters feeling your game is in good shape. The key for me now is managing myself through this next run of big events and up to the Masters.”
Garcia began the day as co-leader alongside Scott but he struggled to make an impact on Sunday and had to settle for a one-over-par 71 as he missed out the chance to secure a ninth PGA Tour title. “I’m not going to lie, I’m happy with my week,” said Garcia afterwards.
It was also a solid showing for Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell, who followed his three-under-par 67 on Saturday with a 69 to finish in fifth place. Rickie Fowler finished in a tie for sixth alongside Vijay Singh after a 71.