Adam Scott overcame a poor start, a testing finish and a strong cast of challengers to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami on Sunday, his second straight victory.
Scott made two double bogeys in his first five holes, then birdied six of the next nine holes en route to final-round 69 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson.
But Scott made it hard on himself when his drive at 18 went into the right rough and behind a palm tree. He attempted to cut his second shot around the tree to avoid the lake left of the 18th green, but failed to do so. The ball came down inside the hazard line, but on land. His third shot left him an uphill five-foot putt to win and he holed it.
Only a week before, he overcame a quadruple bogey to win the Honda Classic.
“I’ve used my experience to my advantage the last couple of weeks and realize around these tough courses, although you never want quads and doubles, you’re not out of it,” he said. “It was such a challenge out there today. I knew if I could just get a couple over 10 [under par] maybe I’ll have a chance and everything just fell the right way for me today, especially at 18, for that ball to stay up.”
Scott, the hottest player in golf, prevailed over Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Danny Willett, all of whom had at least a share of the lead in the final round. In the last three weeks, Scott has a tie for second in the Northern Trust Open, a victory in the Honda Classic and a victory at Doral. He has finished no worse than second in four of his six PGA Tour starts in the wraparound season.
McIlroy, meanwhile, squandered the three-stroke lead he took into the final round and a four-stroke lead he held through four holes on Sunday. A bogey on the seventh hole ended a streak of 40 straight holes without one.