Number One With An Exclamation Point
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/27/14

On Monday, May 19, Adam Scott became the number-one-ranked golfer in the world. This was three days before he played in the PGA Tour's annual stop at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. On Sunday, he put an exclamation point on his top world ranking by outlasting Jason Dufner in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff — but it took some extra work to even force overtime.

After opening on Thursday with a four-over-par 39 on holes 10-18, he shot rounds of 68 and 66 on Friday and Saturday, respectively. On Sunday he reeled off four pars on the opening nine, but gave back all but one of them with a bogey at 3 and a double at 9. Three birdies on the closing nine got him into that playoff with Dufner, at which time Scott hit the proverbial gas pedal.

After sinking a 15-foot birdie on the 74th hole, followed by a seven-foot birdie at the 75th, Scott captured his 24th victory as a professional — and his 11th on the PGA Tour. In his usual, low-key, non-confrontational style, Scott gave credit to the tournament hosts... and Texas in general:
"It was a challenge for me. I think it tested my patience a little bit. And it demands a lot out of my game.

"I came into this week looking to try to find some rhythm on the golf course. And it may not be the easiest one for me, because I don't get a free swing at drivers all day long, which is what I like to do to find a nice rhythm. But it's testing my game for where it needs to be.

"I really enjoy playing in Texas. Something about the golf courses and the terrain and even the dirt, it reminds me a lot of places back in Australia. It has a level of comfort."
This may not be a coincidence; Scott became the fourth Australian to win at Colonial CC. He was preceded by Ian Baker-Finch (1989), Bruce Devlin (1966), and Bruce Crampton (1965).

But in winning at Colonial on Sunday, Scott accomplished something no other golfer has done: He has now won every one of the PGA Tour events in Texas at least once. He previously won the Houston Open (2007), the Byron Nelson in Dallas (2008), and the Texas Open in San Antonio (2010).

Not even the legendary Ben Hogan ever did that.

As for Scotty's playoff opponent, Dufner tipped his proverbial hat, then cracked an explanatory joke:
"He's a great player, obviously No. 1 in the world. It's tough to beat him.

"It's tough to concentrate, he's so good-looking."

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