August 8, 2011 in Sports

Scott wins Bridgestone Invitational

 

Adam Scott hit all the right shots Sunday in a round that was close to flawless and earned him his first World Golf Championship title.

He celebrated with a caddie who has won quite a few more.

Steve Williams, fired last month by Tiger Woods after a 12-year partnership, felt like a bigger winner when Scott rolled in one last birdie for a 5-under 65 and a four-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio.

Williams, who had been on Woods’ bag for 72 wins – including 13 majors and 16 world titles – called it “the best win of my life.”

But it was Scott who hit the shots, such as a chip-in for birdie on the 12th and a birdie putt just inside 30 feet on the 14th that enabled him to pull away from 19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa over the final hour at Firestone.

Scott played the final 26 holes without a bogey, and he couldn’t afford to drop any shots.

He finished at 17-under 263 for the lowest winning score at Firestone since Woods shot 259 in 2000. Rickie Fowler and world No. 1 Luke Donald each had a 66 and tied for second.

Ishikawa made a bogey on the last hole for a 69 that put him into a tie for fourth with Jason Day.

PGA Tour

Scott Piercy squandered a three-stroke lead, then dodged more trouble down the stretch before making a 7-foot par putt on the final hole to win the Reno-Tahoe Open by one stroke.

Piercy shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 15-under 273.

Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot a final-round 75 to finish at 285. Spokane’s Alex Prugh shot a 75 in the final round and finished at 289.

Champions Tour

Jay Haas birdied the final hole to win the 3M Championship at Blaine, Minn., by one shot over Tom Lehman, Kenny Perry and Peter Senior.

From 207 yards out, Haas put his second shot on the par-5 No. 18 about 25 feet from the hole and then two-putted for his first Champions Tour victory in two years.

Haas started the day one shot behind Senior and John Huston and had a 68 to finish at 15-under 201, the highest winning score at the tournament since 2006.

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