Adam Scott Wins The WGC- Bridgestone Invitational
What do Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson have in common? They have all won The PLAYERS Championship and a World Golf Championship title. Tiger and Scott have a little more in common than the other two, they did it with the same caddy.
While all eyes were on the return of Tiger coming into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Adam Scott had other plans. The news of Tiger parting ways with long time caddy Steve Williams meant Scott would have him on the bag this week. Scott took full advantage of his caddies experience at this event (he won it 7 times with Tiger) and put on a golf clinic on his way to the four stroke victory. It's Scott's 8th career PGA TOUR win and first since the Valero Texas Open in 2010.
Scott set the tone for the tournament when he came out in round one and fired a bogey free 62. His eight birdies were enough to give him the lead and he never looked back. Throughout the tournament Scott made only four bogies, two in the second round and two in the third round, while playing the final 26 holes without a single blemish on his scorecard and capping off the win with a birdie on the final hole when he nearly holed out his approach.
Scott earned $1.4 million for the victory as well as 550 FedEx Cup Points, good enough to move from 50th to 15th in the standings. At the time of this article the Official World Golf Rankings had not been update but it's projected Scott move into the top 10 in the world, he started the week in 17th.
Four of the top 10 players in the world finished inside the top 10 this week. Luke Donald, the worlds top ranked golfer, finished in a tie for second with young American Rickie Fowler. Both came into the final round at 9-under and shot identical 66's to move into a tie for second.
Jason Day, the 8th ranked player in the world, continues to impress people with his stellar play in big events. He finished in a tie for 4th place this week with youngster Ryo Ishikawa of Japan. For Day, it adds to an impressive 2011 resume featuring a second place at the Masters and U.S. Open as well as six other top 10 finishes.
Lee Westwood (2nd) and Rory McIlroy (5th) both enjoyed good weeks at Firestone Country Club. Westwood played a bogey free final round shooting 65 to move into a tie for 9th place. It's a welcome comeback in a big event after missing the cut at the British Open. McIlroy played all four rounds under par on his way to a 6th place finish. The U.S. Open champion created a buzz earlier in the week by announcing he may join the PGA TOUR next season.
Next week is the final major of the season, the PGA Championship. Defending champion Martin Kaymer will look to finish the season on a high note while the to players in the world seek immortality.