Double delight for Scott

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Adam Scott can do no wrong at the moment after he celebrated his first week as world number one with victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

The 2013 Masters champion replaced Tiger Woods at the top of golf’s rankings last week and he made it a week to remember as he beat Jason Dufner in a play-off to claim the glory at Colonial on Sunday.

The Australian and Dufner both started the day two strokes behind third-round leaders Chad Campbell, Chris Stroud, David Toms and Hideki Matsuyama, but they went toe-to-toe and carded final rounds of four-under-par 66.

While Dufner produced five birdies, including one at the 18th to take it into a play-off, and a bogey in his final round, Scott endured a mixed afternoon as he carded seven birdies, but he also had a bogey at the par-three third and a double-bogey at the par-four ninth.

That left the pair tied on nine under for the tournament and took things into a play-off. Both players produced pars the first two holes before Scott sank a seven-foot birdie putt to secure the victory and become the first player to win the Texas Slam, which include wins at the Houston Open (2007), Byron Nelson Championship (2008) and Texas Open (2010).

“I certainly didn’t play perfect this week, making a few errors, but it’s the way you come back and get it done and I felt like I certainly played like one of the best players in the world out there on the back nine,” he said.

“It’s a real honor for me to win here. I was determined because I really wanted to win them all here in Texas.”

The victory also ensured that Scott stayed at number one as he had to finish in the top 13 otherwise he would’ve been replaced by Henrik Stenson after the Swede finished in a five-way tie for seventh place in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

American Dufner was gracious in defeat, saying: “It’s tough to beat him. He’s a great player. It’s tough to concentrate, he’s so good looking, too. I thought maybe I could sneak one in there on 17, but he topped me.”

Freddie Jacobson and Nicholas Thompson were tied third at eight under with Brendon Todd, who won last week’s Byron Nelson tournament, tied for fifth alongside John Senden, David Toms and Ryan Palmer.

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