Adam Scott used a furious rally on the back nine to chase down Justin Rose and capture the 2013 Grand Slam of Golf title on Wednesday at the tournament in Southampton, Bermuda.
Rose jumped out to a lead after Tuesday’s action and was strong on the front nine on Wednesday, but Scott finished the strongest. His eagle on the 17th hole turned out to be the difference and capped off a seven-under 64 in Round 2. He finished eight under overall.
Doug Ferguson of Associated Press gives us this information on a conversation between Scott and Rose.
Per the event’s official spectator’s guide, Scott earned $600,000 of the $1,350,000 purse at stake for his efforts.
Rose takes home $300,000 for his second-place finish. Jason Dufner finished third and earned $250,000, and defending champion Padraig Harrington gets $200,000 just for showing up. Here is a look at the final leaderboard and a breakdown of all four men's play at the event.
Scott has been solid all year long. He had five top-five finishes, won the Masters in a playoff and performed great at the Presidents Cup. Clutch play is quickly becoming his calling card.
Trailing by three strokes heading into 13th hole, Scott could have easily accepted defeat. Instead, he took advantage of a bogey on the 16th by Rose and seized the lead on the next hole.
Benjamin Everill of the Australian Associated Press provided the safe prediction.
Here is the aforementioned eagle.
Scott left no doubt that he is one of the four-best players in the world with his performance in Bermuda and in 2013.
Because Rose came into the day with a three-shot lead over Scott, a strong start would have seemingly solidified his spot at the top of the leaderboard through the end of the day.
These highlights capture the middle holes of the event when Rose was still in command.
While he didn’t really find his groove until the fourth hole, Rose strung together four straight birdies from the fourth through seventh holes. Against lesser competition, that could have sealed the win, but with Scott on the attack, Rose needed at least one big shot on the back nine. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't make it happen.
Instead, his bogey on the 16th hole opened the door for Scott to steal the win.
Not Enough from Duf
Coming into play on Wednesday, Dufner needed to be strong and consistent from the start.
He couldn’t get it done.
He was plus-one on the front nine with a bogey on the fourth hole. He bogeyed the 10th before finally recording birdies on the 12th, 14th and 15th holes.
Ultimately, he was two under on the back nine, but that was far from enough.
Though Dufner’s everyman persona has garnered legions of fans since he won the PGA championship in August, he’s been a little inconsistent since winning his first major.
He has two top-10 finishes, but they are mixed in with a 37th- and 54th-place finish as well. Dufner also wasn’t the strongest member of the American squad at the Presidents Cup. It’ll be interesting to see if he can regain the momentum he established during the third quarter of the year.
What a Difference a Year Makes
Harrington won the event last year but looked out-classed through two days of play in Bermuda. He followed up his plus-three 74 on Tuesday with an even-par 71 in Round 2 to finish a distant fourth.
Coming into play, Harrington was the only player in the field not ranked in the top 10 of the World Golf rankings. In fact, he was ranked just 101st.
Despite the name recognition, his performance should come as no surprise. Harrington is far removed from the player who won the PGA and Open Championship in 2008—or even the man who won the Grand Slam of Golf in 2012.
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