Posted: Monday 26th May 2014 at 1:26 am

Adam Scott prevails in play-off to win Crowne Plaza Invitational


Scott holed a seven-foot birdie on the third sudden-death hole to extinguish Dufner’s hopes of victory as the Australian claimed his 11th PGA Tour title in Fort Worth on Sunday.

Scott and American Dufner, who both carded final rounds of 66, exchanged a par and a birdie from the opening two play-off holes after finishing nine under at the end of 72 holes.

But Scott composed himself, birdying the par-four 18th as he came from two strokes back at the start of play to claim a sweep of all four Texas events, having already won the Shell Houston Open (2007), HP Byron Nelson Championship (2008) and Valero Texas Open (2010).

“This is a really special week for me,” said the 33-year-old, who is now three-from-three in PGA Tour play-offs.

“It was, no matter what happened here. But to kind of find my way back into this tournament, around this golf course – it’s a real honour to win here. It’s a beauty.”

American Nicholas Thompson and Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson ended the tournament in a tie for third, one stroke off the pace.

There were five men in a share of fifth spot at seven under – David Lingmerth, Ryan Palmer, Brendon Todd, David Toms and Scott’s compatriot John Senden.

It was a topsy-turvy round for Scott, not much different to what he had to endure throughout the entire tournament.

After avoiding the cut to be six shots off the pace and two behind heading into the final day, Scott had to make a good start to proceedings.

And he did, with back-to-back birdies from his opening two holes, though he was brought back to earth with a bogey at the following hole.

The 33-year-old added another two birdies before a double-bogey at the ninth threatened to derail his rally.

But a blemish-free back nine, which included three birdies, saw him tied atop the leaderboard at the end of the day

He was joined by Dufner, who sunk a 25-foot birdie putt to send the tournament into a play-off.

Dufner, the reigning PGA Championship winner, was bogey-free during his opening nine holes, posting three birdies in the process.

He started the back nine with a birdie and bogey, before six consecutive pars set up a thrilling finish.

Dufner, 37, needed to birdie his final hole, and he did, however he came out the loser in a play-off for the third time in four attempts.

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