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Adam Scott coasts to five shot Australian Open win

Adam Scott held off Stuart Appleby to win the Australian Open title by five shots on Sunday, recording his first tournament victory in over 19 months.

It was also the first professional title on home soil for Australian Scott, who has slipped from third to number 54 in the world rankings after a poor year on the PGA Tour where he missed 10 cuts in 19 events.

Scott fired a level-par 72 for a 15-under 273 total to finish ahead of compatriot Appleby (75), with American Bryce Molder (68), New Zealander Michael Long (70) and Nick O’Hearn (74) tied a distant third nine shots off the lead.

“It is very special to win here, it has taken me a while,” Scott told reporters after his final round.

“I have worked really hard and I have been saying it all year even though I have been paying terribly but it pays off, you have to stick with it.

“A lot of people have helped me get through this …. it’s great we have been able to turn it around and get back on track.”

Starting the day with a two-shot lead over Appleby, Scott began nervously at the New South Wales course, dropping a shot at the par four first as Appleby birdied to bring the duo level.

However, the 29-year-old Scott regained his composure to fire three birdies in his next four holes, regaining the advantage as Appleby dropped shots at the third, sixth and seventh. As the wind strengthened Appleby continued to struggle, dropping shots at the 10th and 12th as Scott opened up a seven-stroke lead.

However, missed short putts at the 13th and 16th by Scott and a birdie for Appleby at the 14th narrowed the deficit to three.

A bogey at 17 by Appleby eased the pressure on Scott, who finished in style with a birdie at the par-five last.

It was a 15th worldwide title for the Australian, who had not won since the Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour in April 2008.

Scores

273 Adam Scott 68 66 67 72

278 Stuart Appleby 66 66 71 75

282 Michael Long (Nzl) 69 75 68 70, Bryce Molder (USA) 70 72 72 68, Nick O'Hern 69 68 71 74

283 Michael Sim 71 70 71 71

284 Jarrod Lyle 69 68 74 73, Rodney Pampling 74 71 70 69, Cameron Percy 74 75 66 69

285 David Oh (USA) 68 73 69 75, Peter O'Malley 69 74 70 72

286 Chris Campbell 71 69 73 73, Scott Strange 72 70 68 76, Richard Green 73 71 67 75, James Nitties 67 72 70 77, Terry Pilkadaris 71 70 76 69, Tim Wilkinson (Nzl) 73 67 72 74

287 Henry Epstein 76 72 72 67, Craig Parry 80 67 69 71, Leigh Mckechnie 70 72 74 71

288 Michael Brennan 69 73 75 71, Greg Chalmers 70 72 72 74, Brad Kennedy 75 70 70 73

289 Paul Gow 78 69 69 73, Mathew Goggin 73 71 71 74, Stephen Allan 68 77 74 70, Paul Sheehan 74 74 72 69

290 Aaron Baddeley 73 68 76 73, John Daly (USA) 72 69 78 71, Stephen Leaney 73 72 74 71

291 Michael Curtain 71 69 78 73, Andrew Dodt 69 78 73 71, Geoff Ogilvy 73 76 74 68

292 Jae-woong Eom (Kor) 71 71 76 74, Marc Leishman 71 75 73 73, Chang wan Woo (Can) 73 74 75 70, Anthony Brown 77 72 74 69, Andrew Tschudin 73 70 72 77, Rohan Blizard 78 71 71 72

293 Scott Laycock 76 69 76 72, Scott Hend 66 71 80 76, Ben Campbell (Nzl) 76 68 72 77, Matthew Millar 71 75 71 76

294 Josh Carmichael 73 69 77 75, Peter Nolan 74 74 77 69, Stephen Dartnell 75 72 76 71, Peter Wilson 67 78 74 75, Do eun An (Kor) 73 74 76 71

295 Jason Norris 79 69 74 73, Andrew Mckenzie 75 74 74 72, Gareth Paddison (Nzl) 73 72 73 77, Scott Arnold 72 75 74 74, Anthony Summers 79 69 75 72, Stuart Bouvier 72 71 73 79

296 Gavin Flint 70 74 73 79

297 Paul Marantz 71 75 75 76, Won-Kyung Heo (Kor) 73 74 75 75, Heath Reed 71 71 77 78

298 Michael McGrath 72 71 80 75, Terry Price 74 71 83 70

299 Min-chang Lee (Kor) 75 73 73 78

300 Brendan Smith 74 67 76 83

302 Rudi Bezuidenhout 72 72 84 74, Brendan Stuart (Nzl) 72 74 77 79

307 Matthew Stieger 72 75 75 85, Mithun Perera 77 70 78 82

308 Kelvin Jones (Nzl) 73 74 81 80

310 Kim Felton 76 73 75 86




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