Australian PGA Championship R4

Scott reigns again at Royal Pines

December 19-22
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
AUD$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Adam Scott ended a three and a half year wait for his 11th European Tour title, winning the Australian PGA Championship for the second time RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Australian PGA Championship R4 - Scott reigns again at Royal Pines
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“I’m pretty stoked, actually. I grinded it out this week and I feel like I outsmarted the golf course a little bit, which feels good, and it was good enough to beat everyone.

“It’s been a long time between drinks for me and maybe only once or twice did the thought cross my mind that I’ll never win again. It feels very good to win here, especially to finish the year off kind of winning at home.

“I’ve seen what it’s done for me in the past; a win. You feel like you’re just never going to lose again, so you want to run with that while the confidence is up. Somehow I’ll have to think that in seven weeks when I step back in L.A.


“I think it’s very difficult to win. I’m on the wrong side of this age thing now where these young guys are really good and I played some pretty good golf a couple weeks this year and fell short. You know, record‑setting scores. I think the courses are getting tougher, guys are playing good. Just being alright doesn’t really get you in, you’ve got to be pretty much sensational.”

The 2013 Masters Tournament champion, who won this event that same year, started the final round one stroke ahead of a condensed chasing pack but trailed as he made the turn while New Zealander Michael Hendry made a charge.

Hendry, who was battling through a rib injury sustained earlier in the week, birdied four holes on the front nine and took the lead with his fifth gain on the tenth, but, after his sixth birdie of the day on the 16 th , he dropped to 11 under par after bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes.

“The warm-up was terrible. I honestly thought I wasn’t going to get through the round. So quite honestly, my goal today was just get through 18 holes and finish the event regardless of what the score was. Lo and behold, I hit it really well.


“It was painful all day and I just kept trying to basically man up and hit the shot. Maybe that was the thing that I needed to take my attention away from what was happening on the golf course. It was more about trying to make good swings under a little bit of pain, and I made a lot of good swings.

“I’m pretty happy with the way I played considering physically what was going on. It’s a shame that I didn’t end up winning, but when you’re not 100 percent and you’re trying to chase down one of the best players in the world, you’re up against it.”

It wasn’t until Scott rolled in a clinical eagle putt on the par five 15 th – his third of the week on that hole – that he moved ahead once again. The 39-year-old then held on to sign for a three under par round of 69, and a 13 under par total, to finish two strokes ahead of Hendry, winning his first title since the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship.


Four Australians, Cameron Davis, Nick Flanagan, Min Woo Lee and Wade Ormsby, shared third place with Carl Yuan of China on ten under par.

“It was a scrappy start, I bogeyed the first two par threes, which wasn’t the best,” said Lee. “But I was proud of how I handled myself and I made a lot of good shots on the back nine. 17 was a little unlucky, then I hit a good shot into 18 and just missed the putt. It’s just a few putts missed and I’m right in there. It’s a good learning curve.

“I knew I was behind all day. You know someone is going to make birdies, so I was a little behind the eight ball. It was a good effort of me to come back after that start.”


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News
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Adam Scott
AUS
-13
70
67
69
69
275
2
Michael Hendry
NZL
-11
70
68
70
69
277
T3
Cameron Davis
AUS
-10
72
70
69
67
278
T3
Carl Yuan
CHN
-10
70
65
73
70
278
T3
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-10
68
72
68
70
278
T3
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-10
72
73
63
70
278
T3
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-10
68
69
70
71
278
8
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-9
69
72
70
68
279
9
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
-8
72
69
72
67
280
T10
Johannes Veerman
USA
-7
70
71
73
67
281
T10
Brett Rankin
AUS
-7
67
73
72
69
281
T10
Denzel Ieremia
NZL
-7
77
67
69
68
281
T10
Cameron Smith
AUS
-7
74
65
72
70
281
T10
Bryce Easton
RSA
-7
71
68
71
71
281
T15
Brett Rumford
AUS
-6
72
69
72
69
282
T15
Travis Smyth
AUS
-6
68
72
72
70
282
T15
Greg Chalmers
AUS
-6
74
69
68
71
282
T15
Nick Cullen
AUS
-6
68
73
68
73
282
T19
Damien Perrier
FRA
-5
70
72
73
68
283
T19
Brad Kennedy
AUS
-5
71
72
71
69
283
T19
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-5
70
66
75
72
283
T22
Steven Jeffress
AUS
-4
71
70
72
71
284
T22
Tom Power-Horan
AUS
-4
72
66
75
71
284
T22
Stewart Cink
USA
-4
70
72
71
71
284
T22
Jamie Arnold
AUS
-4
73
72
67
72
284
T22
Brady Watt
AUS
-4
72
70
69
73
284
T27
Josh Geary
NZL
-3
73
69
73
70
285
T27
Matthew Stieger
AUS
-3
74
70
70
71
285
T27
Steve Allan
AUS
-3
70
75
69
71
285
T27
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
72
72
72
285
T27
Cameron Champ
USA
-3
71
70
71
73
285
T27
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-3
70
71
69
75
285
T33
Jack Senior
ENG
-2
70
74
70
72
286
T33
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-2
73
72
64
77
286
T33
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
73
70
67
76
286
T36
Zach Murray
AUS
-1
71
73
74
69
287
T36
Ashley Hall
AUS
-1
72
73
72
70
287
T36
Daniel Hillier
NZL
-1
74
71
71
71
287
T36
Harry Bateman
NZL
-1
69
71
75
72
287
T36
Blake Windred
AUS
-1
72
70
73
72
287
T41
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
Par
73
72
74
69
288
T41
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
74
71
73
70
288
T41
Mark R. Brown
AUS
Par
72
71
74
71
288
T44
Harrison Endycott
AUS
1
73
72
75
69
289
T44
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
1
72
68
77
72
289
T44
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
1
68
72
77
72
289
T44
Nick Voke
NZL
1
69
71
76
73
289
T44
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
1
73
71
71
74
289
T49
Daniel Pearce
NZL
2
72
72
75
71
290
T49
Rhein Gibson
AUS
2
71
69
76
74
290
T49
Simon Hawkes
AUS
2
72
70
70
78
290
T52
Jason Norris
AUS
3
69
75
76
71
291
T52
Daniel Gale
AUS
3
72
71
70
78
291
T54
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
4
72
72
77
71
292
T54
Peter Fowler
AUS
4
72
72
76
72
292
T54
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
4
70
75
75
72
292
T57
Dylan Perry
AUS
5
73
72
75
73
293
T57
Ross McGowan
ENG
5
73
72
75
73
293
T57
James Anstiss
NZL
5
76
68
75
74
293
T57
Janne Kaske
FIN
5
74
71
72
76
293
T61
Richard Green
AUS
6
71
73
76
74
294
T61
Michael Wright
AUS
6
69
75
73
77
294
T61
Troy Moses
AUS
6
75
68
73
78
294
T64
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
7
72
73
77
73
295
T64
Lucas Herbert
AUS
7
67
77
78
73
295
T64
Dale Whitnell
ENG
7
71
73
77
74
295
T64
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
7
72
73
73
77
295
T68
Calum Hill
SCO
8
70
72
76
78
296
T68
Rod Pampling
AUS
8
70
73
75
78
296
T68
Michael Sim
AUS
8
73
70
75
78
296
71
Taylor MacDonald
FJI
12
73
71
75
81
300
72
Fraser MacLachlan
NZL
16
72
72
82
78
304
CUT
Andrew Evans
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Andrew Martin
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Christopher Wood
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
David Coupland
ENG
2
72
74
146
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
Gavin Fairfax
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Hurly Long
GER
2
74
72
146
CUT
John Senden
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Warren
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Kade McBride
AUS
2
70
76
146
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
2
72
74
146
CUT
Samuel Eaves
AUS
2
70
76
146
CUT
Chase Hanna
USA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
David Smail
NZL
3
69
78
147
CUT
Gary Stal
FRA
3
76
71
147
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
3
72
75
147
CUT
Jeong-Woo Ham
KOR
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
3
70
77
147
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Matt Jager
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Nathan Green
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Peter Lonard
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Scott Strange
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Smylie Kaufman
USA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Tim Stewart
AUS
3
72
75
147
CUT
Toby Tree
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Ben Eccles
AUS
4
71
77
148
CUT
Blake Proverbs
AUS
4
80
68
148
CUT
Daniel Young
SCO
4
74
74
148
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Lincoln Tighe
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Matthew Griffin
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Peter Cooke
RSA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Robin Petersson
SWE
4
76
72
148
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
4
71
77
148
CUT
Aaron Zemmer
ITA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Cory Crawford
AUS
5
76
73
149
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
5
72
77
149
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
5
72
77
149
CUT
Peter O’Malley
AUS
5
78
71
149
CUT
Rick Kulacz
AUS
5
75
74
149
CUT
Adam Burdett
AUS
6
74
76
150
CUT
Blake Collyer
AUS
6
76
74
150
CUT
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
6
72
78
150
CUT
Campbell Rawson
NZL
6
76
74
150
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Damien Jordan
AUS
6
77
73
150
CUT
David Bransdon
AUS
6
75
75
150
CUT
David Howell
ENG
6
75
75
150
CUT
David Micheluzzi
AUS
6
74
76
150
CUT
Hyung-Seok Seo
KOR
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jarryd Felton
AUS
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jesper Sandborg
NZL
6
79
71
150
CUT
Max McCardle
AUS
6
76
74
150
CUT
Nick O’Hern
AUS
6
77
73
150
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
7
77
74
151
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
7
74
77
151
CUT
Michael Long
NZL
7
76
75
151
CUT
Peter Wilson
AUS
7
76
75
151
CUT
Shae Wools-Cobb
AUS
7
75
76
151
CUT
Brody Martin
AUS
8
76
76
152
CUT
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
8
77
75
152
CUT
Marcus Armitage
ENG
8
74
78
152
CUT
David McKenzie
AUS
9
77
76
153
CUT
Gareth Paddison
NZL
9
76
77
153
CUT
Steven Bowditch
AUS
9
79
74
153
CUT
Aaron Townsend
AUS
10
79
75
154
CUT
Darren Beck
AUS
10
78
76
154
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
10
74
80
154
CUT
Peter Senior
AUS
10
77
77
154
CUT
Vernon Sexton-Finck
AUS
10
75
79
154
CUT
Braden Becker
AUS
11
75
80
155
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
11
77
78
155
CUT
Scott Laycock
AUS
11
78
77
155
CUT
Brad Burns
AUS
13
77
80
157
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
13
78
79
157
CUT
Andrew Campbell
AUS
14
82
76
158
CUT
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
14
74
84
158
CUT
Robert Allenby
AUS
15
85
74
159
RET
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
75
75
RET
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
77
77
RET
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
Par
77
77