When Sunday’s final round of the PGA Tour’s 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial began, four men shared the lead – with 21 pursuers within three shots.
None of those leaders made it to the winner’s circle in Irving, Texas – as Adam Scott and Jason Dufner finished 72 holes in 9 under to force a playoff, one that the World No. 1 took for a win.
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Third playoff hole
• OFF THE TEE: Back to No. 18. Jason Dufner again finds the fairway off the tee, as does Adam Scott.
• FROM THE FAIRWAY: This time, Dufner is away; he’s on the green but short and right for a long birdie try. Scott lands his approach within 5 feet but it spins back some – likely, if he makes he wins, and it’s plenty makeable.
• ON THE GREEN: Dufner is well away, and has got to make a run at it; he gets it there and then some, missing on the high side and long. Scott has an opening – and seizes it. The birdie gives the World No. 1 the win.
“To kind of find my way back into this tournament, on this golf course, it’s a real honor to win here,” Scott tells CBS.
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Second playoff hole
• OFF THE TEE: At No. 17, Jason Dufner again has the honor and takes hybrid as he finds the right edge. Adam Scott takes an iron and splits the center.
• FROM THE FAIRWAY: Again, Scott is away from the fairway; he flies his ball over the flag and it stops on the back collar. Dufner must cope with the edge of the tree line on the right side, but fires a dart to about 5 feet and pin high.
• AROUND THE GREEN: Clearly, Scott is away but with a makeable putt of 15 feet or so – and he sinks it. That was clutch. The pressure moves to Dufner, who rolls his dead-center and stays alive.
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First playoff hole
• OFF THE TEE: At No. 18, with play continuing at Nos. 17-18 if necessary, Jason Dufner will tee off first; he puts it long and in the fairway. Adam Scott takes fairway wood and and also finds the fairway, not terribly far behind Dufner.
• FROM THE FAIRWAY: Scott takes aim first, playing right of the hole but stopping the shot pin high for a good birdie look. Dufner follows and hits to nearly the same spot, just a bit shorter and spinning back some more for another reasonable look at birdie.
• ON THE GREEN: Having birdied and bogeyed the 18th with two pars this week, Adam Scott is away and misses right and a bit strong from about With three pars and today’s birdie at the 18th this week, Dufner is next to take aim; he also misses right and a bit strong. Scott makes his comebacker for par, as does Dufner, and they head to the next.
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Update No. 16: 5:46 p.m. EDT
Needing an eagle 2, David Toms hits his drive on th3 18th into the edge of the rough. He has a line at the pin, but his approach comes up short of the green and the tournament will come down to a playoff between a pair of 2013 major winners: reigning PGA Championship victor Jason Dufner and World No. 1 Adam Scott.
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Update No. 15: 5:40 p.m. EDT
Those who like long birdie putts will appreciate Adam Scott’s final birdie of the day, which earned him a spot in a playoff against Jason Dufner.
David Toms needs an even longer birdie at No. 17 if he is to join that playoff as well, and then would need another at the last. Toms rolls it to about a foot, an excellent effort, but taps in for a par that will force him to try to card a 2 at the par-4 18th.
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Update No. 14: 5:34 p.m. EDT
Without any assurance at the time if it would be enough to reach a playoff, Jason Dufner made a birdie putt of about 25 feet at the 18th to join Adam Scott in the lead at 9 under.
David Toms’ approach at the 17th leaves him more than 50 feet for birdie, needing two to close out his round if he’s to make join Dufner and Scott in a playoff.
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Update No. 13: 5:23 p.m. EDT
David Toms makes par at the 16th and needs consecutive birdies on his final two holes to get into a playoff with co-leaders Jason Dufner and Adam Scott.
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Update No. 12: 5:14 p.m. EDT
David Toms’ tall order had gotten taller, as he falls three back of co-leaders Jason Dufner and Adam Scott with four holes to play, his second straight bogey coming at No. 14. But Toms turns it around with a birdie at No. 15 to keep the light shining at the end of the tunnel, now needing two birdies in his last three holes to join a Dufner-Scott playoff.
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Update No. 11: 4:58 p.m. EDT
Adam Scott comes to the 18th looking to break the tie for the lead with Jason Dufner, and finds the green with his approach. From about 30 feet or so, slightly longer than the putt Dufner faced, Scott misses low and a bit long. He’ll head in at 9 under, still tied with Dufner and two shots clear of the closest challenger on the course – David Toms, who is two back with five to play.
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Update No. 10: 4:38 p.m. EDT
Jason Dufner has one last chance to get a birdie putt to fall – and sinks a long one on No. 18 to move into a tie for the lead at 9 under as he heads to the clubhouse. Dufner’s 4-under 66 has him alongside Adam Scott at the top of the leaderboard, a shot ahead of Freddie Jacobson, Nicholas Thompson and David Toms.
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Update No. 9: 4:23 p.m. EDT
Let’s check in on how players in this week’s field who are among the top of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings are faring this week at Colonial.
- 1. Matt Kuchar: MC (72-70)
- 2. Adam Scott: Leader, 9 under (4 under through 14 holes today)
- 8. Jim Furyk: T-51, even par (1-over 71 today)
- 10. Zach Johnson: 73rd, 6 over (6-over 76)
- 12. Jordan Spieth: T-13, 5 under (1-under 69)
- 13. Hunter Mahan: T-60, 2 over (5-over 75)
- 15. Bill Haas: T-19, 4 under (1-under 69)
- 19. Charley Hoffman: T-51, even (3-over 73)
- 20. Hideki Matsuyama: T-19, 4 under (3 over through 10)
- 22. Dustin Johnson: T-13, 5 under (4-under 66)
- 23. Jason Dufner: T-2, 8 under (3 under through 17)
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Update No. 8: 4:17 p.m. EDT
Freddie Jacobson birdies No. 16 to climb within a shot of the lead at 8 under, while David Toms bogeys No. 10 to fall to 8 under and put the lead solely in the hands of World No. 1 Adam Scott.
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Update No. 7: 4:09 p.m. EDT
Nicholas Thompson birdies the last to get to the clubhouse at 8 under, one back of leader David Toms and T-2 alongside Jason Dufner and Adam Scott.
Scott, in turn, birdies No. 14 with a long putt to move into a tie for the lead with Toms. Dufner, on the other hand, lips out a birdie try and remains T-2.
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Update No. 6: 3:48 p.m. EDT
Back-to-back birdies move World No. 1 Adam Scott to T-2 at 8 under, one shot off the lead and in a pack that also includes Jason Dufner, Chris Stroud, Bo Van Pelt and Jimmy Walker.
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Update No. 5: 3:39 p.m. EDT
David Toms moves to the lead outright, capitalizing on an approach to about 10 feet at No. 7 and making the birdie putt to go to 9 under. He’s a shot ahead of Chris Stroud and Jason Dufner, the latter of whom has given himself birdie looks at Nos. 12-13 but hasn’t made putts.
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Update No. 4: 3:28 p.m. EDT
If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait 5 minutes; that’s the old cliche. The changes amid the leaderboard here are even more frequent – which is to be expected when about 30 players are within four shots of the lead number. David Toms birdies No. 6 to join Jason Dufner and at 8 under, replacing Kevin Chappell as he three-putts the par-3 eighth for a bogey.
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Update No. 3: 3:14 p.m. EDT
Jason Dufner forges his way to a share of the lead with birdies at Nos. 9-10 followed by a bogey at No. 11 as he is 8 under, tied atop the leaderboard with Kevin Chappell – with a host of players just one shot back.
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Update No. 2: 2:39 p.m. EDT
Chad Campbell birdies his first two holes to move to 9 under, while Kevin Chappell birdies his first three holes to keep pace and tie for the lead. They’re a shot ahead of Adam Scott, who birdies No. 6 to get to 8 under. Nine players are T-4 at 7 under.
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Update No. 1: 1:46 p.m. EDT
Reports have World No. 1 Adam Scott needing to finish 13th or better today in order to keep the top spot in the OWGR. The Aussie starts his day by birdieing Nos. 1-2 to start his round and move into a share of the lead at 7 under – with six other players, that is. Chad Campbell, Tim Clark, Hideki Matsuyama, Chris Stroud, David Toms and Jimmy Walker also are tied for the lead.
Seven players, including Jason Dufner, are a shot back at T-8. Nine players, including Dustin Johnson, are two shots back at T-15.
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There was plenty of movement on the Crowne Plaza Invitational leaderboard on Saturday, as four players did enough to capture a share of the lead at Colonial. Hideki Matsuyama, David Toms, Chad Campbell and Chris Stroud are all at 7 under after 54 holes, but will need to hold off the likes of Jason Dufner, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas. Here are 5 Things you need to know,
The third-round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial yielded continually changing ties for the lead as “moving day” on Tour saw four players end the day atop the board: Chad Campbell, Hideki Matsuyama, Chris Stroud and David Toms. Some of the big names within striking distance include Jason Dufner and World No. 1 Adam Scott. Recap the third-round highlights right here.
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While the bulk of the leaderboard is star-studded, it was a PGA Tour rookie that took control at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Friday. Brice Garnett fired a 4-under 66 to move to 7 under for the tournament, one better than Chris Stroud and Robert Streb in Fort Worth, Texas. Here are 5 Things to know from Colonial Country Club.
Brice Garnett has waded through the sea of stars at the top of the leaderboard to take the solo lead at 7 under, carding a 4-under 66 Friday that held up for a one-shot lead.
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On a day where only 41 of the 123-player field were in red figures, it was Dustin Johnson that used a bogey-free, five-birdie performance to take a one-shot lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Adam Scott struggled on his opening nine holes behind four bogeys but managed three birdies coming in to salvage a 1-over 71 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
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Jim Furyk tops our senior writers’ predictions for the PGA Tour’s 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this week in Fort Worth, Texas. But it’s hard to pick a winner before play begins on PGA Tour, so see who else they think will be in the mix.
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Frenchman Victor Dubuisson was expected to return to action for the first time since missing the cut at the Masters. Instead, the world’s 23rd-ranked player has withdrawn from the BMW PGA Championship. Seems he’s been bothered by nagging pain in his right shoulder, which also led him to withdraw from The Players Championship a couple of weeks ago. Also, Gary Woodland is surging ahead with consistent play in recent weeks – plus more from the pro ranks of golf.
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Given the rash of bogeys, the latest over-par round and the continued frustrations, what Brandt Snedeker didn’t need as he hit balls at the practice range was accompanying music. Snedeker likely didn’t even hear the bagpiper whose chords wafted down from the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse; so intent on hitting driver after driver after driver, Snedeker spent a massive amount of energy in a short period of time. A man on a mission, presumably.