Adam Scott AFP PHOTO

    Adam Scott AFP PHOTO

    MELBOURNE: World No. 2 and defending champion Adam Scott won the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne on Sunday for back-to-back tournament victories.

    The US Masters champion held off American Matt Kuchar by two shots to continue his red-hot form after claiming last week’s Australian PGA event on the Gold Coast.

    Australia’s Scott carded a closing round of even par 71 to finish the tournament on 14-under 270.

    Kuchar was tied with Scott to the 17th hole but a double-bogey at the last cost him his winning chance with the Australian parring the final three holes to close out the win.

    Fiji’s former world number one Vijay Singh finished third on 10-under after an even par 71.

    Scott will partner Jason Day in Australia’s team for this week’s World Cup at Royal Melbourne.

    In Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and American Harris English each birdied three of the first seven holes to share the lead when darkness halted the third round of the $6 million PGA OHL Classic.

    English matched the low round of his PGA career with a nine-under par 62 in finishing his second round.

    Karlsson, an 11-time European Tour winner seeking his first US PGA Tour title, stood on 15-under par with 11 holes remaining in their third round.



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