Scott, so hot right now.

Back-to-Back

Last week, Adam Scott overcame a quadruple bogey on Saturday to win the Honda Classic. This week, he overcame two double bogeys on Sunday’s front nine to win the WGC Cadillac Championship and move to 6th in the world rankings. Scott entered the final round trailing Saturday’s leader, Rory McIlroy, by 3 and fell to as many as 6 behind on Sunday before playing the final 13 holes in 6 under par to win by one shot over Bubba Watson.

Analysts were quick to write off the 35-year-old Aussie heading into the season after a winless 2015 and the anchor ban removing his trusty broomstick putter, but following his t2nd at Riviera and back-to-back wins on the Florida Swing, Scott is making his case to be considered the best in the world again with his usual strong ball-striking and now clutch putting stroke.

Rory and Dusty’s Sunday Scaries

Playing together in Sunday’s final group were powerhouses Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson;  the prior known for his ability to run away from fields and the latter known for fumbling away leads. 

McIlroy entered Sunday with a sizable 3-shot lead but saw it slip away as he failed to make a birdie until the 16th, at which point he had fallen 3 shots behind Scott.  All is not lost for Rory though; his switch to a left-hand low putting stroke has proven fruitful, ranking 14th in the strokes gained putting statistic at Doral. 

For Dustin Johnson, it was a familiar story on repeat. Sunday was filled with errant shots, crooked numbers and another missed opportunity. Despite his 9 career wins on Tour, Johnson is trying to overcome the growing belief that he doesn’t have what it takes to win tournaments on Sundays, and his early season play hasn’t disproved the theory with yesterday’s final-round 79, only 1 shot better than his AT&T final-round 80.  

A Record-Setting Performance

This week’s WGC (which featured no cut) was a breath of fresh air for most, allowing players to make up for poor early rounds with solid weekend play. Steven Bowditch not included. The two-time PGA Tour winner became the first player since 1983 to record 4 rounds in the 80’s at an event. Bowditch fired rounds 81-80-80-84 to finish in 65th place, 14 shots clear of the nearest competitor and his winnings still totalling a grand sum of $48,000.

What makes his week all the more laughable is this passage from Shane Ryan’s 2015 book, Slaying the Tiger, where Bowditch described why WGCs were his favorite events...

Becoming a household name

Ha Na Jang’s season started with a bang when she recorded the LPGA’s first-ever hole-in-one on a par 4, followed by her first career win at the Coates Golf Championship. This week, she added a 2nd championship to her name by winning the HSBC Women’s Championship in Singapore by 4 shots clear of 2nd place Pornanong Phatlum. 

The only thing more fun than watching her play? Watching her win...

PGA & LPGA get a little closer

On Friday, the PGA and LPGA announced a formal partnership between the two entities which is said to include joint marketing campaigns and media strategies. The big news? Potential joint events that would pair LPGA and PGA stars together in team competition. 

Tiger meets the press

With his first-ever course design (Bluejack National just outside of Houston) nearing completion, Tiger held a press conference on the grounds where he spoke about his recovery and his golf course design principles. 

Tiger refuted reports that he was hitting drivers, saying he has only hit up to a 9-iron with a focus on chipping and putting. 

While his recovery has been slow, Bluejack National is rounding into form with a very Augusta-esque look and feel to it. The first kid on the short course must have been carrying the spirit of Tiger himself with this shot…

Fox Chapel Golf Club Photo Tour

Check out Seth Raynor’s Fox Chapel Golf Club, located in Western Pennsylvania and ranked within Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the U.S. 2015. This Pittsburgh track features all of the classic Raynor traits, such as the redan, biarritz, eden and short holes.   

Quick Hooks

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Sergio’s response to Brandel’s criticism.