Scott reclaims swagger, wins Honda Classic

Final Round – PGA Tour – Honda Classic – PGA National Champions Course – West Palm Beach, Florida –

Australia’s Adam Scott held off Sergio Garcia to win the Honda Classic at PGA National.

The former World No. 1 and Masters champion led by two shots on a few occasions Sunday and sealed it when Garcia bogeyed 16th and 17th. Scott finished 9-under overall and a shot clear of the Spaniard.

Justin Thomas, a winner in the fall at the CIMB Classic, was T-3 at 5-under alongside Blayne Barber, while Graeme McDowell was 5th at 4-under. Rickie Fowler, the 36-hole leader, and Vijay Singh logged Top 10 efforts.

The win was Scott’s 12th career PGA Tour victory.

Adam Scott current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Adam Scott

Adam Scott current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Adam Scott

Scott, who was runner-up last week at Riviera to close out the West Coast Swing, won for the first time since the Colonial in May 2014.  The victory should move him into the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Scott struggled much of last season finishing 70th in the PGA Tour Money List and 106th in the FedEx Cup standings. He was trending recently with three worldwide runner-up efforts. The victory will move him into the mix as a favorite at the Masters in April.

At Stations Casino in Las Vegas, Scott was listed at 16-to-1 betting selection.

Other Golf news:

  • Lexi Thompson (20-under) converted a six-shot victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand to assume the 54-hole lead. It was Lexi’s first title since winning the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in Korea last October. She will move to 3rd in the Rolex Rankings – behind Lydia Ko and Inbee Park — becoming the top-ranked American in the world.
  • Louis Oosthuizen edged Alexander Levy by shot to capture the ISPS Handa europeantourlogo15Perth International by three shots. It marked Oosty’s 8th career European Tour title. Oosty, who last won in 2014 at the Volvo Golf Champions, was the outright betting favorite at the Perth at 7-1 odds.
  • Scott moved up to 3rd in the FedEx Cup standings behind Brant Snedeker and Kevin Kisner.
  • Trump National Doral hosts the World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship next week in Miami. McDowell and Jason Dufner both qualified Printafter the Honda Classic.