Adam Scott has capped off one of the most successful weekends for Australian golf in recent history with a win at The Barclays on the PGA TOUR. Scott headlined a trio of Queenslanders who claimed international Tour titles this weekend with Bronson La’Cassie claiming victory on the Web.com Tour and Brad Kennedy prevailing in Japan.
Scott wins The Barclays
Adam Scott today claimed his second title of the season adding The Barclays to his stunning US Masters victory.
Scott fired a bogey-free round of 5-under 66 to finish at 11-under par, one stroke ahead of Tiger Woods, Graham DeLaet, Justin Rose and Gary Woodland.
Finishing as clubhouse leader about 45 minutes ahead of the chasing pack, the 33-year-old Australian was forced to watch on as the challengers failed to convert birdie chances to force a playoff.
“I couldn’t believe it to be honest,” Scott said.
“I think I just played a good round today and I came in and really didn’t think I had a chance but obviously things went my way a lot out there and I’m so happy.”
“It was a good charge, but obviously I got a lot of luck, the guys struggled coming in.”
“I’ve been in their position, too. It’s hard getting it done and I was playing from a position of nothing to lose today.”
Scott’s win is expected to lift him to No. 2 on the Official World Golf Rankings while he is also now second in the FedExCup standings.
Scott’s six-stroke come-from-behind win is the largest in The Barclays history.
Several other Australians put in solid performances over the four rounds including Jason Day (tied for 25th), Matt Jones (tied for 33rd), Greg Chalmers (tied for 37th) and Stuart Appleby (tied for 41st).
La’Cassie earns PGA TOUR card
Queenslander Bronson La’Cassie defeated Matt Bettencourt on the third playoff hole at the Cox Classic in Omaha Nebraska to claim his first Web.com Tour career title and a PGA TOUR card for 2014.
With a fourth round of 4-under 67, the 30-year-old won his first international Tour title in a three-hole playoff with former PGA TOUR winner Matt Bettencourt, with the American bogeying his third time down the 18th.
With the win La’Cassie jumped from 33rd to sixth on the overall Web.com Tour moneylist to finish inside the top 25 and secure his immediate future on the PGA TOUR.
“It feels really good, it gives you the belief that you can do it again so it feels great,” said La’Cassie.
“I’ve never been to the TOUR before so that will be sweet.”
La’Cassie said he will now set his sights on the Web.com Tour Finals to position himself with the highest priority ranking possible for next season.
Kennedy wins in Japan
Yet another Queenslander Brad Kennedy maintained his third round one shot lead to claim the Kansai Golf Open Golf Championship on the Japan Tour overnight.
Claiming approximately AUS$100,000 for the win, the victory was Kennedy’s second on the Japan Tour, his first coming at the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open in June last year.
With the best round of the day (66) fellow Australian Aaron Townsend finished three off the lead in fourth position.
The win lifted Kennedy into 11th position on the Japan Tour moneylist with ￥26,528,656 (AUD$297,227) while Brendan Jones remains as the leading Aussie in fourth position with ￥34,683,366 (AUD$388,731).