"Adam Scott hit the iron that all but secured his first Australian PGA Championship so crisply it sounded like a gun shot," reported The Sydney Morning Herald. "By the time the echo had subsided at Royal Pines, the engravers were already at work putting his name on the Joe Kirkwood Cup."
That shot was a 4-iron from 266 yards at the par-5 12th. The ball stopped a foot from the hole. Scott tapped in for an eagle and never looked back.
The Aussie golf hero fired rounds of 65, 67, 71 and 67 for a 14-under total of 270 on the Gold Coast resort course. American Rickie Fowler was runner-up, four shots off the winning pace.
Said Scott: "I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this. It's been an incredible year since April, and so great to come home. I've had a great week."
Scott still has a lot of tournament golf to play at home. He heads to Royal Melbourne Golf Club this week to defend his title at the Australian Masters. Next he'll partner with Jason Day in the World Cup, also at Royal Melbourne. Then the Masters champion will tee it up in the Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club.
Australian Triple Crown Winners
Greg Norman: Open (1980, '85, '87, '95, '96), PGA Championship (1984, '85), Masters (1981, '83, '84, '87, '89, '90)
Robert Allenby: Open (1994, 2005), PGA Championship (2000, 2001, 2005, 2009), Masters (2003, 2005)
Peter Senior: Open (1989, 2012), PGA Championship (1989, 2003, 2010), Masters (1991, '95)
Peter Lonard: Open (2003, 2004), PGA Championship (2002 - tie with Jarrod Moseley, 2004, 2007), Masters (1997, 2002)
Craig Parry: Open (2007), PGA Championship (1992), Masters (1992, '94)
Adam Scott: Open (2009), PGA Championship (2013), Masters (2012)