Adam Scott has successfully defended his Talisker Masters title, winning by two shots at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Starting the day four shots clear of the field, Scott saw his lead dwindle as American Matt Kuchar was on fire around the composite layout.
A playoff loomed as the pair were tied on 14-under the card before a double-bogey on the 18th for Kuchar handed Scott the title.
“You can’t think about the result until you’re walking up the last and you know where things stand,” said Scott who made par on the last to finish with a tournament total of 14-under 270.
The Talisker Masters is Adam Scott’s second PGA Tour of Australasia title in as many weeks, meaning the Queenslander has only the Emirates Australian Open standing in the way of his Aussie golf Triple Crown.
“I’ve never won back-to-back weeks so this is a first and something that I like,” added Scott.
“I think it’s very hard to win two tournaments full stop, let alone back to back, so I’m quite pleased with myself this week.”
“Sometimes you win a little bit ugly. All the good stuff I had done in the first three rounds counted for a lot, even though it wasn’t the prettiest golf today.”
He now looks forward to teaming up with Jason Day to represent Australia in the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf next week, also being played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
“My game is in pretty good shape so my focus is to go and get Jason revved up and make sure he’s in good shape on Thursday,” added Scott.
“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun in all seriousness. I hope Jason and I get to play together at some point.”
If Scott goes on to win the next two weeks he will have achieved an extraordinary feat affectionately being named the ‘Scotty Slam.’
Disappointed with his finish, Kuchar enjoyed playing the Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne and believes he is well placed to once again take on Scott next week.
“At Royal Melbourne you can really pay the price for being just a little off when you are playing aggressive and it got me at a bad time,” said Kuchar of his double-bogey finish.
“It was a rough way to end but it’s the nature of the game, you have to be ready to bounce back.”
“The guys who look toward the positive seem to do well in the long run. You see guys some carry over some bad momentum but I know better than that.”
Finishing outright third on 10-under the card was Fijian Vijay Singh with South Australian Nick Cullen a further shot back in outright fourth.
Rounding out the top-5 on 6-under 278 was Victorian Matthew Griffin and New Zealander Ryan Fox.
In a busy period for the PGA Tour of Australasia two tournaments will be staged in the coming week; the Gloria Jean’s NSW Open and the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf.
The Gloria Jean’s NSW Open will be played at Sydney’s Castle Hill Country Club while the International Federation of PGA Tours will remain at Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf.
Both tournaments will be contested from November 21-24 2013.
Further information is available at www.pga.org.au