GOLD COAST, Australia: Masters champion Adam Scott defied a lengthy weather suspension midway through the final round of the Australian PGA Championship to win by four shots at Royal Pines on Sunday.
Scott completed the sixth career Triple Crown in Australian golf after he recovered from a two-hour weather delay, making an eagle and two birdies to complete a final-round four-under-par 67 on the Gold Coast.
Scott’s win, along with last year’s Australian Masters crown and the 2009 Australian Open, means he joins Greg Norman, Peter Senior, Craig Parry, Robert Allenby and Peter Lonard as winners of all three domestic majors in their career.
The world number two, who became the first Australian to win the Augusta Masters earlier this year, beat young American Ricky Fowler (63-72-71-68) while Australian Jack Wilson was six shots away in third.
Sensational approach shots on the par-5 12th and par-5 15th were the highlights of Scott’s final round as he stormed to the trophy.
It was a different Scott who emerged from the clubhouse following the thunderstorm after he had struggled to hold onto his overnight three-shot lead before the weather delay and was just one shot up over Fowler at the break.
Scott will chase further glory as he continues his homecoming tour at the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne on Thursday before lining up in the World Cup at the same venue the week after and then the Australian Open at Royal Sydney the following week.
Fowler, 24, who began the tournament with an eight-under 63, made six birdies in Sunday’s final round but his second bogey of the day, at the 13th, ended his hope of spoiling Scott’s homecoming party.
Young Australian trainee professional Jack Wilson (68), who hit four birdies before the storm to surge into contention, finished behind the tournament’s top two after a disastrous double-bogey on the par-3 14th following the weather delay.