Sunday, April 27

Great Scott! Aussie Drops Bomb to Win Nelson in Playoff

Adam Scott holed a Texas-sized birdie putt on the third playoff hole to win the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. The playoff victim was Ryan Moore, a true gamer who nearly matched Scott with a birdie, his ball catching the edge of the hole before coming to rest a foot away.

I think I got away with one today, Scott told CBS announcer Ian Baker Finch moments after the decisive 48-footer. Indeed.

I saw the last four or so holes of regulation play as Scott hit good shot, bad shot down the stretch. You could sense CBS announcer Gary McCord’s frustration with the talented Aussie who has struggled when in contention. He missed some makeable putts to keep Moore and others in the hunt.

But on the 18th, needing a birdie to force a playoff, Scott delivered with a mammoth drive, a solid wedge and an 11-footer in the heart of the cup. It wasn’t easy, but this win is bound to help his psyche.

Keep an eye on runner-up Ryan Moore. Of the leaders, Moore had the lowest score under final-round pressure, a 68.

I saw Moore at the 2004 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at Hot Springs, Virginia. The UNLV golfer won the individual title and later captured a U.S. Amateur.

Moore was impressive today. He didn’t back down and definitely has the look of a winner.

−The Armchair Golfer

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