Australian Adam Scott targets seconds Masters title after denying Rory McIlroy in WGC-Cadillac Championship

Australian makes it two wins on the trot in Florida.

Australia’s Adam Scott during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. AFP
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Australian Adam Scott has set his sights on a second Masters title after producing an extraordinary fightback to win his second tournament in succession in the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Final-round 69

Scott carded a closing 69 on Sunday which featured two double bogeys in the space of three holes, a shank and seven birdies to finish 12-under par at Doral, one shot ahead of double Masters champion Bubba Watson. England’s Danny Willett was a shot off the lead before driving into the water on the 18th, the resulting bogey dropping him into a share of third with Rory McIlroy, who started the final round with a three-shot lead but struggled to a 74.

Looking ahead to Masters

“I can’t believe I have won back to back weeks out here and to win a WGC is huge,” said Scott, who was also second in the Northern Trust Open two weeks ago. “Somehow I need to bottle this up and keep it another four or five weeks through the Masters and that would be amazing to get myself into contention there and have a chance.”

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Putter conversion

Scott won the Masters in 2013 using a long putter and reached the top of the world rankings in May 2014, but has successfully reverted to a conventional club to comply with the ban on anchored strokes which came into effect on January 1.

Working hard

“I have been working hard on my putting and couldn’t ask for a better way to test myself, a six-footer to win a World Golf Championship event,” he said. “I made a couple of horrible errors on the front nine but you can’t give up hope and I thought if I can get a couple of birdies before the turn, maybe a great back nine is good enough if things go my way and they did somehow.”

McIlroy frustrated

McIlroy was frustrated to let a chance of victory slip through his fingers. “I’ve got two events left to try to get that win before going to Augusta and I’m hopefully going to get it,” he said.

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