Date: January 28, 2008
Author: Sportal

Sensational Scott wins in Qatar

New world No. 5 Adam Scott is confident his stunning three-stroke victory at the Qatar Masters is the shape of things to come. The Australian began the final day three shots behind overnight leader Johan Edfors but played an immaculate round, smashing the course record by two strokes with an 11-under-par 61, coming within one birdie of equalling the European Tour record. Had it not been for a missed birdie putt at the 16th, Scott could even have challenged for a first 59 on the European Tour. But when the 27-year-old sits in his new BMW 650i Coupe, which he claimed by breaking the course record, he will hardly remember he was world number three at this stage last year after playing what he described as the &aposbest round of golf I have ever played&apos. “It&aposs a move in the right direction, getting back to where I was,” added Scott after claiming his 14th professional title. “I haven&apost played that poorly over the last six months, it just hasn&apost been anything special, just solid stuff and nothing exciting. “There are so many good players that you slowly slip away, this time last year I was number three in the world and feeling pretty good about myself. “I didn&apost have a great year by the standard I set for myself, but it wasn&apost a poor year. Everyone around the world is playing hard and this is a good move in the right direction for me to get the win early in the year. “It&aposs now important to build on this momentum. There are two world golf events and the Masters in the next two-and-a-half months, hopefully I will keep this form rolling and then get in the mix in those (tournaments), that is my aim.” Swede Henrik Stenson claimed his second consecutive second-place finish, with South Africa&aposs Charl Schwartzel at 15-under and Edfors a further shot adrift. After maintaining his 100 per cent record in Doha after winning the 2002 title at 19-under par on his only other visit, Scott claimed his sixth Tour title and first since the 2005 Johnnie Walker Classic. He was five-under through his first five holes, which included a fortunate deflection off the flag at the fifth, and reached the turn in 30 after adding another at the seventh. Three more birdies quickly followed to start the back nine, and after effortlessly easing his way to 11-under, Scott safely played the last and two-putted the final green after leaving his second shot short of the lake and greenside bunkers. Scott hit every green in regulation and all of his birdie putts, apart from a snaking 30-foot effort on the 15th, came after playing his approach shots to within 15 feet. “I didn&apost play my best early in the week, but the shorter rough helped me out a little and I took advantage over the weekend,” added Scott, who followed up opening rounds of 69 and 73 with a flawless third-round seven-under-par 65. “I just came out of the gates firing and stringing off five in a row got me right in the hunt. To keep it going pretty much all day was good, I put pressure on the guys who were leading. Johan and the other guys were out in front and then behind quite early in the round so their mindset had to change quite early. “Henrik must feel like he did everything he could to win this tournament after starting the day two back and shooting a 65. I looked at the leaderboard on 15 and saw Henrik was still right with me and I knew I had to keep making birdies.” “This win has got me back in the swing of things quickly, and it is important to build on this momentum now. We&aposve got a lot of big tournaments. There&aposs two World Golf Championships and the Masters in the next two and a half months. So hopefully I can keep this form rolling and then get in the mix in those ones.” Fourth Round of the Qatar Masters (Par 72): -20: Adam Scott (Australia) 69 73 65 61 -17: Henrik Stenson 69 70 67 65 -15: Charl Schwartzel 70 67 69 67 -14: Johan Edfors 69 66 69 70 -13: Lee Westwood 67 70 73 65 -11: Colin Montgomerie 71 68 69 69 -10: Christian Cevaer 71 69 68 70, Nick Dougherty 72 67 70 69, Sergio Garcia 69 75 67 67, Anton Haig 67 71 69 71, David Howell 70 68 71 69, Jyoti Randhawa 70 70 72 66 -9: Emanuele Canonica 73 68 70 68, Andrew Coltart 70 70 65 74, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 71 72 68 68, Ross McGowan 70 68 69 72, Alexander Noren 69 69 72 69, Marc Warren 74 70 67 68, Steve Webster 72 70 67 70 -8: Raphael Jacquelin 71 72 69 68, Soren Kjeldsen 70 72 69 69, Jose Manuel Lara 71 72 68 69, Graeme McDowell 70 71 70 69, Oliver Wilson 72 68 70 70 Also: -6: Scott Strange (Australia) 71 73 69 69 -5: Peter O Malley (Australia) 72 70 74 67 -1: Richard Green (Australia) 75 70 71 71 +2: Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 73 71 74 72