By Paul Myers
Adam Scott has long been one of the most-talented players on the PGA Tour. While he has an impressive resume which includes a major championship, some observers believe that he could have won even more considering the impressive game that he displays on a regular basis. However, if he keeps performing at his current pace, that resume is going to quickly catch up with his skills.
After winning The Honda Classic, Adam Scott headed to Trump National Doral for the World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship as one of the favorites. He did not disappoint. Holding off Bubba Watson coming down the stretch, Scott managed to claim his second trophy in as many weeks. Considering his previous performances at Augusta National, Scott (along with Watson) has to be ranked among the favorites to claim The Masters in early April.
Plenty of Drama
There was nothing boring about the closing stages of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral. When Adam Scott arrived at the 18th tee last Sunday, he knew exactly what he needed to do – make par to win. Of course, making par sounds much easier than it is. With water running the length of the left side of the long par four 18th, Scott would need to hit a couple of quality shots in order to get away with the win.
While he didn’t hit a bad drive, he did get something of a bad break as the ball settled behind a tree. Forced to either go right or left of the tree, Scott took the brave line and aimed left with the intention of cutting the ball back toward the green. The shot struggled to cut in the air, and it landed dangerously close to the water. Incredibly, it stopped on the slope that heads back down into the water, and Scott avoided the penalty shot that would have all but sunk his chances. Instead, he was able to get up and down from a difficult spot and walk away with a victory.
Two Horse Race
At this point in the PGA Tour season, there is little debate about which golfers are playing the best – Bubba Watson and Adam Scott have distanced themselves from the rest of the field. Watson won at Riviera and came just a shot short at Doral, while Scott was the runner-up to Watson and Doral before going on to win The Honda Classic and the WGC Cadillac Championship. As the Tour makes its way toward the first major of the year at Augusta National, it is Watson and Scott – along with Spieth and McIlroy – that will be garnering much of the attention.
As the Tour moves on to its next stop, the action remains in Florida for the Valspar Championship. This will be the first of several title-defending starts for Jordan Spieth this season, coming off of his incredible 2015 campaign.