BEIJING, April 24 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Australian Adam Scott claimed his
ninth title in his meteoric career when he completed his start-to-finish
victory at the US$2.35 million Johnnie Walker Classic on Sunday.
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Scott, ranked 10th in the world, fired an even par 72 in the final round
at Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club to triumph by three strokes over
South Africa's Retief Gooosen, who signed off with a 70.
New Zealand's Michael Campbell, Richard Sterne of South Africa and
Sweden's Henrik Stenson shared third place on 275 while Asia's best performer
was Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, who finished in joint 16th place following a
After carding a course record opening 63 which took two days to complete
due to weather disruptions, Scott tightened his grip on the event sanctioned
by the Asian, European and Australasian Tours with some dazzling displays. He
completed his third round with a 69 despite a double bogey on his last hole
earlier this morning for a five shot lead.
World number five Goosen fought hard on a breezy Sunday afternoon with
three birdies and a bogey on his outward nine as Scott left the door slightly
ajar by going to two over for his final round through 10 holes, dropping four
bogeys against two birdies.
With the lead down to one stroke, Goosen threatened to draw level before
Scott regained control with brilliant back-to-back birdies on the 12th and
13th holes to regain a three-shot lead which he kept till his final putt which
came with a winner's cheque of US$398,785. The Aussie said a superbly-struck
two iron at the par three 12th hole to three feet for birdie drove him to
Goosen, winner of the Johnnie Walker Classic in 2002, said his putting
deserted him. "I supposed I have to be happy. It's better than third but I
would have liked to have putted better this week, especially today. The
chances were there to catch him but I didn't take it. Just nine pars on the
back nine, missed a lot of putts. Good for him, well played."
The South African star, the reigning US Open champion said he should have
taken advantage of Scott's mid-round wobble. "He bogeyed nine and 10 and 11
was probably an important hole for me to make a birdie there and I didn't. And
then I made a bad club selection on the par five on 13 and then missed a short
one on 15 to get a bit closer but didn't do it," said Goosen.
Thongchai was Asia's top performer at tied 16th place after closing with a
disappointing 74, 10 shots more than his brilliant third round effort which he
completed this morning.
World number three Ernie Els of South Africa finished shared sixth place
on 276, six shots behind the winner, with Scotsman Colin Montgomerie and
Australian Brett Rumford while Luke Donald of England was a further stroke
About The Johnnie Walker Classic
The Johnnie Walker Classic is more than just a golf tournament. Along with
a week of official parties, Johnnie Walker will be raising money for the "Keep
Walking" Thailand Tsunami fund and will be promoting messages encouraging
people to drink in moderation. This includes the 15th hole, on which the
signage carries messages about responsible drinking.
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SOURCE JOHNNIE WALKER