5 Things: Don't forget about Scott's stellar win
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Lost in the Steve Williams circus Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was an incredible performance by Adam Scott. In his first PGA Tour victory since the 2010 Valero Texas Open, Scott showed the promise that many expected of him 10 years ago.
That, plus Zach Johnson’s recent success, Jason Day’s consistent season, Rickie Fowler’s second place and Asia’s best playing well in Akron make up this week’s Five Things.
• Awesome Aussie: Scott’s victory was impressive in its dominance, but also for these reasons:
• Scott became the fourth player to win Bridgestone and the Players, the others being Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson.
• Scott has the fourth-most wins by an Aussie on Tour, with Greg Norman (20), Steve Elkington (10) and Stuart Appleby (10) ahead of Scott’s eight wins.
• Scott moves to No. 15 in the FedEx Cup standings.
• It was the first time that Scott led a WGC event after the first round since 2006 at the first round of the Bridgestone.
• Scott is proving to be a good closer, winning six of the eight tournaments he has led after 54 holes.
• A sleeper pick? Zach Johnson hasn’t received much ink this year, quietly picking up five top 10s, including three top 5s in his past 10 tournaments.
Johnson had 20 birdies at Firestone and hit 73.6 percent of greens in regulation.
Johnson also has had recent success in the PGA Championship, finishing T-3 last year and T-10 in 2009.
• What a Day: Jason Day continues to make a name for himself on the PGA Tour, picking up his eighth top-10 finish of the season, which is one shy of the amount he had in his previous three years on Tour combined.
Day was successful at Firestone mainly due to his work on getting to the green in regulation, hitting 75 percent of greens.
Day has finished in the top 5 in three of his past five tournaments, and in the top 10 in six of his last 10 tournaments.
At 12 under, it was Day’s third tournament finishing in double digits under par - the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at 14 under and the Masters at 12 under were the others.
• Always the best man, never the groom: Rickie Fowler fired an impressive 66 on Sunday, moving into a tie for second at 13 under.
It was Fowler’s fourth second-place finish on the PGA Tour, as he continues his wait for his first victory.
Fowler had an impressive statistical week, finishing tied for first in eagles (2), first in putts per round (25) and putts per green-in-regulation (1.512).
He also was fourth in total birdies, with 20.
• Asian invasion: Two of Asia’s best had standout weeks in Akron, with Ryo Ishikawa playing in Sunday’s final group and Kyung-tae Kim firing a final-round 66 to finish T-6.
Ishikawa, who had been struggling in his native Japan this season, shot four rounds in the 60s, including his brilliant 64 on Saturday. With his T-4 finish, the 19-year-old picked up a paycheck of $332,500, all of which he will donate to relief efforts in tsunami-stricken Japan.
Kim’s 66 on Sunday was his third of the tournament, overcoming a 2-over 72 on Friday to pick up $215,000.
Neither player picked up FedEx Cup points because they play for the Japan Golf Tour Organization.