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PGA Tour Article
The Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass

Adam Scott is the Players Champion


Winner, Adam Scott. Photo - Getty images

It is no surprise that 23 year old Australian Adam Scott leads the PGA Tour statistics "Bounce Back" category. Four times in the Players Championship, including twice during the final round, Scott immediately followed a dropped shot with a birdie on the next hole to keep the field at least a couple of shots behind him. Only on the final hole did it look possible that he might relinquish the lead that he held at start of play.
Padraig Harrington, having recorded a remarkable back-nine 30 for a final round of 66 to finish at 11 under par, was on the practive range in anticipation of a possible playoff, knowing that Scott's 2 stroke lead could easily be wiped out on the watery 18th hole. As Scott put his tee shot comfortably in the middle of the final fairway the engraver started to etch A-d-a-m on the crystal trophy but must have nearly had a heart attack when the leader pulled his second shot into the water alongside the front of the green.


Padraig Harrington. Photo - Getty Images

Double bogey and a playoff now looked like a distinct possibility and the pressure was really on the young Australian to put his chipshot close to the flag from where he dropped out, just short of the long, three-tiered green. His confident stroke put the ball on the top level with the flag but there was still plenty of work left to make the bogey putt he needed for victory. Displaying the composure of a true champion, Scott stroked the ball into the hole, then punched the air in obvious delight at his achievement and the engraver surely breathed a huge sigh of relief before completing his work on the trophy.


Kenny Perry. Photo - Getty Images

Harrington had to settle for second place and the consolation of a check for $864,000, an amount normally reserved for the winner in a regular Tour event. Both players moved up the world rankings for their efforts, Scott from 18th to 12th and Harrington from 13th to 8th. The winning prize money of $1,440,000 moves Adam Scott up to #3 on this year's PGA money list with a total of $2,025,000 from just 5 events.
Kenny Perry, Phil Mickelson and Frank Lickliter II each picked up $416,000 for their shared third place totals of 280, 8 shots under par for the week. Having started the day down the field in 30th position, Jay Haas matched Harrington's final round 66 and was clubhouse leader for a while before eventually ending up sharing 6th place with Jerry Kelly and Kevin Sutherland who had tied for the lead after the first two days of the championship.


Phil Mickelson. Photo - Getty Images

 

 

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