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Adam Scott trumps rivals at WGC-Cadillac Championship

Updated: Monday, 07 Mar 2016 09:41 | Comments

Adam Scott has won consecutive events on the PGA Tour
Adam Scott has won consecutive events on the PGA Tour

Adam Scott produced an extraordinary fightback to win his second tournament in succession as Rory McIlroy squandered a four-shot lead in the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Scott carded a closing 69 which featured two double bogeys in the space of three holes, a shank and seven birdies to finish 12 under par at Doral, one shot ahead of double Masters champion Bubba Watson.

England's Danny Willett was a shot off the lead before driving into the water on the 18th, the resulting bogey dropping him into a share of third with McIlroy, who struggled to a 74 featuring just one birdie.

It was the first time McIlroy had failed to convert a lead of three shots or more after 54 holes since collapsing to a closing 80 in the 2011 Masters.

Starting the day three shots behind McIlroy, Scott closed the gap with a birdie on the first before seemingly falling out of contention by finding water on the third and fifth to run up a pair of double bogeys as the Blue Monster course lived up to its name.

However, the 35-year-old bounced back with birdies on the sixth and eighth and started the back nine with three more in succession, before another on the 14th took him into a two-shot lead.

Willett and then Watson closed to within a shot with birdies on the 16th and 17th respectively, while Scott amazingly shanked a bunker shot on the short par-four 16th but crucially scrambled a par.

Scott's approach to the 18th was then just a few feet from finding the water to the left of the green, but the former Masters champion hit a superb chip to six feet and holed out for a dramatic victory.

Asked how he had pulled off his 13th PGA Tour title, Scott told Sky Sports: "I don't really know. This is such a wild golf course in conditions like the wind was today.

"I made a couple of horrible errors on the front nine but you can't give up hope and I thought if I can get a couple (of birdies) before the turn, maybe a great back nine is good enough if things go my way and they did somehow. It was messy and my golf wasn't that pretty today either.

"Somehow I started feeling a bit like I did last week and the swing came under control, the rhythm came back and I started hitting iron shots close, almost so close you couldn't miss them which was nice."

Scott won the Masters in 2013 using a long putter and reached the top of the world rankings in May 2014, but has successfully reverted to a conventional club in order to comply with the ban on anchored strokes which came into effect on 1 January.

"I have been working hard on my putting and couldn't ask for a better way to test myself, a six-footer to win a World Golf Championship event," he added.

"I can't believe I have won back to back weeks out here and to win a WGC is huge. Somehow I need to bottle this up and keep it another four or five weeks through the Masters and that would be amazing to get myself into contention there and have a chance."

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