By Paul Myers
Adam Scott can’t putt without the long putter that helped him win The Masters. At least, that is what you might think if you listened to a long list of critics who seemed to think that Scott’s career was suddenly over thanks to a USGA rule change. With anchored putting now a thing of the past, many wondered if Scott would have what it takes on the greens to hoist trophies on the PGA Tour.
It looks like he does. With an impressive victory over a quality field at The Honda Classic, Scott quieted the doubts and proved that he is going to remain a force to be dealt with for years to come. Although he has been around for quite some time on the global scene, Scott is in great physical condition and figures to continue playing at a high level for many years. Always one of the best ball strikers in the world, Scott only needs to putt passably in order to be a contender – and he did more than that last weekend at PGA National. The win was his 12th, and it would seem to be a safe bet that there are even more to come.
Two Horse Race
Coming down the stretch on Sunday, The Honda Classic was really down to just two players – Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia. While Blayne Barber and Justin Thomas were on the edges of contention, it never really appeared as though either of them would be able to claim the crown. In the end, it was Scott over Garcia by a single stroke, thanks in large part to bogeys by Garcia on 16 and 17. He did bounce back to birdie the par five 18th, but that finish left him one short of a playoff.
The Ageless One
Vijay Singh is nothing short of incredible. Singh finished The Honda Classic in a tie for sixth with Rickie Fowler, one of the young stars of the game. Why is that so notable? Vijay Singh is 53 years old. A full three years after gaining eligibility for the Champions Tour, Singh continues to prove he is among the best players in the world regardless of age. It is hard to say how much longer Singh will be able to play at such an amazing level on such long and difficult courses, but it would be a mistake to bet against him at this point.
World Golf Championship Up Next
The players don’t have far to travel this week, as they will be going from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida down to Miami for the World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship. As would be expected, most of the best players in the world will be in the field, so it should be an exciting week of competition around Trump National Doral. Among the many notable names hoping to claim the trophy includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and more.