2002: PGA European - Scottish stretch super for Scott

Gleneagles, Scotland

When Adam Scott looks back at the Diageo Scottish PGA Championship, he’ll look to the final three holes.

Scott played Nos. 16-18 at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in 14 under for the week en route to a 10-shot victory Aug. 25.

Scott, who earned his second victory of the season, shot 9-under 63 in the final round to finish at 26-under 262. Scott won 260,461 euros (approximately $253,365) for shooting 67-65-67-63.

“When you’re hot, you’re hot,” said Scott, who also won the Qatar Masters March 17. “I went out planning to dominate the par 5s. I wanted to stay comfortable and stay patient and I did that.”

Scott eagled the par-5 16th and 18th, and birdied the other three par 5s at Gleneagles. He played the par 5s in 7 under Sunday and 22 under over four rounds.

“This was an important victory for me,” said Scott, who won the Alfred Dunhill Championship last year. “My goal is to have a game that can win anywhere. I want to win the Masters and the Open and they are on completely different golf courses.”

Scott, 22, finished tied for ninth at the Masters, missed the cut at the U.S. Open and British Open and tied for 23rd at the PGA Championship.

Scotland’s Raymond Russell (68) finished second and European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance (67) finished third.

Scott, who is No. 10 on the Order of Merit, shot the lowest 72-hole total of the season on the PGA European Tour.

His winning margin was the biggest of the season, and his closing 63 was the lowest final round by a winner this year.

Scott played the 72 holes with four eagles, 22 birdies and only four bogeys. Three of Scott’s bogeys came in his third-round 67, and he played the final 25 holes without one.

“Every win is important but it is important for me to win in Britain and in the Continent of Europe, under different conditions,” said Scott. “The other times I have won in hot weather, and this week was testing, especially Friday, so I can draw a lot of confidence from that.

“The reason for me to come this week was to win. To play my way back into the top 50 in the world, I need to play well because I feel like I should be up there. I haven’t played well over the past few months, but I’ve gone about putting it the right way, worked hard and got a fantastic result this week.”

Russell claimed his biggest check since he won the 1996 Air France Cannes Open.

Torrance, who turned 49 Saturday, guaranteed he would be exempt for the 2003 European Tour season with his third-place finish. It was Torrance’s best finish since his victory at the 1998 Peugeot Open de France.

Scott Gardiner (72), who grew up playing junior golf alongside Scott in Australia, birdied the last hole to take fourth at 276, while Marcel Siem (68) of Germany was fifth at 277, his best finish in a European Tour event despite losing his ball at the last hole on his way to a double-bogey 7.

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