Monday morning made easy

Adam Scott of Australia celebrates after his final putt on the 18th hole, winning the 2010 Singapore Barclays Open for the third time since 2005.

Adam Scott of Australia celebrates after his final putt on the 18th hole, winning the 2010 Singapore Barclays Open for the third time since 2005.

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Adam Scott wins the Singapore Open.

SINGAPORE – Adam Scott extended his Sentosa love affair with a record-breaking third Barclays Singapore Open victory.

The Australian returned to the Serapong Course on Monday morning to seal the win in the rain-delayed US$6 million event that was extended into a fifth day.

Resuming at 7:30 a.m., 30-year-old Scott took almost three hours to complete his final 10 holes in even par.

That gave him a closing round of 3-under 68. His 72-hole aggregate of 17-under 267 gave him a three-shot triumph over Anders Hansen of Denmark.

LEADING FINAL-ROUND SCORES

267 - Adam Scott (AUS) 65-65-69-68

270 - Anders Hansen (DEN) 71-66-65-68

271 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) 65-68-68-70, Rikard Karlberg (SWE) 64-70-70-67

272 - Kang Kyung-nam (KOR) 66-67-67-72

273 - Ian Poulter (ENG) 69-63-68-73, Jamie Donaldson (WAL) 66-69-68-70

274 - Keith Horne (RSA) 65-72-69-68, Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 66-71-71-66

275 - Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 69-65-70-71, Liang Wen-chong (CHN) 69-65-71-70, Martin Kaymer (GER) 68-68-70-69, Chris Wood (ENG) 63-73-71-68

276 - Joost Luiten (NED) 68-64-73-71, Shigeki Maruyama (JPN) 64-74-70-68

277 - Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 67-69-69-72, YE Yang (KOR) 66-73-66-72, Johan Edfors (SWE) 66-71-69-71, Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 70-64-74-69, Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 66-70-72-69

A further shot back in equal third were Rikard Karlberg of Sweden and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland.

McDowell, the U.S. Open champion, missed a short birdie putt on the final green that he may well live to rue in his attempts to chase down Germany’s Martin Kaymer in the “Race to Dubai.’’ Kaymer ended tied for 10th at 275.

England’s Ian Poulter, the defending champion in Singapore, also missed a birdie chance on the final green for a 73 and joint sixth place.

For Scott, it was his seventh European Tour title, but his first since the 2008 Qatar Masters.

It also meant he became the first player to win the Singapore Open – Asia’s richest national open – on three occasions.

As well as winning the event in 2005 and 2006, Scott finished third here in 2007 and tied for third in 2009 at the event sanctioned by the European Tour and Asian Tour.

“It feels great to win this week. The field here has been incredible,’’ said Scott, who holed a 20-foot breaking birdie putt on the final green.

“It’s a relief to finally get finished. It’s been a long week. It was bit of a grind on the back nine, but it’s a tough course – and a course I absolutely love.’’

There was disappointment for Phil Mickelson, who arrived here confident of mounting a serious title challenge in his fourth straight appearance in the tournament.

But the left-hander had to settle for a share of 37th at 281 after a final-round 70 that included a two-shot penalty for being late on the tee when play resumed after a lengthy delay on Sunday.

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