Adam Scott’s remarkable second shot on No. 18 secured an easy par putt and the victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship Sunday at the Trump National Doral in Miami.
Scott shook off two double bogeys in his opening five holes to fire a final-round 69 and win the tournament by one stroke over Bubba Watson.
On the 404-yard No. 18, Scott’s drive hit at the edge of the rough and avoided the water by a few feet. His second shot was even better, rolling within a few feet of the hole, where he calmly put in the par putt to lock up the win, shooting 6-under on his final 13 holes after staggering to 3-over on the first five.
The win gives Scott back-to-back victories on the PGA Tour for the first time in his career, and marks his second WGC title; the first came at Bridgestone in August of 2011.
He finished at 12-under, shooting 68-66-73-69 – 276 in the field of luminaries. No. 3 Rory McIlroy finished tied for third after a disappointing final-round 74, and Phil Mickleson continued his impressive start to 2016 by taking fifth at 9-under.
Scott did his damage early in the tournament, with opening rounds of 68 and 66, firing off eight birdies on Friday. Watson had a chance to catch Scott down the stretch on Sunday, but a birdie on 14 really hurt his chances as he finished with a 68.
After shooting just 1-under on Thursday, it was looking like McIlroy’s tournament to lose as he fired a tourney-best 65 on Friday, stringing together four straight birdies on the front nine and continuing that with a 68 on Saturday. But Sunday was McIlroy’s undoing, as he could not find the cup, not recording a birdie until the 16th and shooting a 2-over 74.
Mickelson, who will turn 46 in three months, recorded his third Top 5 finish of the 2016 season. It took him 19 events to get three Top 10 finishes a year ago.
World No. 1 Jordan Spieth finished tied for 17th at 1-under. After a fast start with a 69 on Thursday, he shot 72-73-73. World No. 2 Jason Day finished tied for 23rd at even par.