May 25, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- In winning Colonial, Adam Scott has now won all four events in Texas. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Ben Hogan would've been proud.
The late legendary golfer from Fort Worth, whose statue greets all who enter Colonial Country Club, no doubt would have enjoyed the golf that Adam Scott and Jason Dufner produced in the playoff at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Scott, the world's top-ranked player, won on the third playoff with a birdie. It allowed the Australian to become the first player to win all four PGA TOUR events held in Texas. It also secures his spot as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world.
"It's so satisfying in so many ways to get it done," Scott said. "To win here is a real honor."
The heavyweight playoff battle between two of the last five major champs -- Scott having won the 2013 Masters; Dufner having won the 2013 PGA Championship -- was dramatic and thrilling.
After pars on the first playoff hole, Dufner had the advantage on the second after his approach landed inside 5 feet. But Scott rolled in a 14-foot birdie putt, forcing Dufner to make just to extend the playoff.
"I've been in playoffs in my career and some match-play situations where you've got those putts where you make it or you go home," Scott said. "And I kind of had that feeling. Sometimes you make them. It was a good one to make."
"I thought maybe I could sneak one in there on 17," Dufner said, "but he topped me."
Then Scott threw his own dart on the third playoff hole, sealing the deal from 7 feet for the win. Scott said the lie on his approach was 2 feet away from the divot left by his approach shot on the first playoff hole.
"I had a good feel for it, obviously, because I hit the shot just 10 minutes beforehand," Scott said.
Dufner, who was between clubs on his approach shot, couldn't drain his lengthy birdie putt.
"He's a great player, obviously No. 1 in the world," Dufner said. "It's tough to beat him."
The victory comes the same week that Scott moved to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
"This is really a special week for me," Scott said. "... I was determined. I really wanted to win 'em all here in Texas."
Both players finished at 9 under after 72 holes after shooting 4-under 66s in Sunday's final round at Colonial. That was good enough to put them one stroke ahead of Nicholas Thompson and Freddie Jacobson.
The playoff was the 11th in tournament history and first since 2009 when Steve Stricker beat Tim Clark and Steve Marino.
Dufner reached 9 under thanks to his 25-foot birdie putt on his final hole Sunday."I'm glad I hung in there and finally got one to fall inside on 18," Dufner said.
Scott bounced back from a double bogey at the ninth hole with a bogey-free 3-under back nine.
"I just had to limit the mistakes on the back nine," Scott said, "and I did a pretty good job of that."
Scott has won all three of his playoffs appearances on the PGA TOUR, including the 2013 Masters when he beat Angel Cabrera on the second playoff hole.
Dufner, who won the PGA Championship last year, is now 1-3 in playoff appearances. He won his first TOUR event in a playoff, beating Ernie Els at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2012.
PLAYOFF SHOT BY SHOT
1st playoff hole (par-4 18th)
Dufner hits driver 310 yards, splits fairway.
Scott follows with 3-wood, 302 yards, splits fairway
Scott uses gap wedge from 135 yards, ball lands 21 feet, 4 inches from pin
Dufner uses sand wedge from 126 yards, ball lands 18 feet from pin
Scott's birdie putt slips by on right 3-1/2 feet
Dufner's birdie putt slips by on right 2-1/2 feet
Scott makes par putt
Dufner makes par putt
2nd playoff hole (par-4 17th)
Dufner hits hybrid 226 yards, right side of fairway
Scott follows with 4-iron 218 yards, center of fairway
Scott uses 8-iron from 158 yards to 14 feet, 3 inches past hole
Dufner uses 9-iron from 147 yards to 4 feet, 5 inches rback right of hole
Scott makes birdie putt
Dufner makes birdie putt
3rd playoff hole (par-4 18th)
Dufner hits driver 292 yards, right center of fairway
Scott follows with 3-wood 301 yards, center of fairway
Dufner uses wedge from 149 yards to 39 feet, 7 inches
Scott uses wedge from 135 yards to 7 feet, 3 inches
Dufner rolls birdie putt past hole
Scott makes birdie putt to win
Adam Scott wins the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial