Super Sunday Gives Scott Valero Texas Open Title

2010 Valero Texas Open champion Adam ScottAdam Scott played beautifully at the Greg Norman-designed AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio for 35 holes Sunday. Then on his most important shot of a day, he pulled a five-foot putt and had to settle for bogey at the last.

Fortune however would favor Scott's as Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson couldn't roll in a lengthy birdie putt on the par-5 18th to force a playoff.

The Valero Texas Open victory, his first since the 2008 Byron Nelson Champioship, gives the 29-year-old Aussie three PGA Tour wins in the state of Texas. Scott also captured the 2007 Shell Houston Open.

Heavy rains throughout the day Friday necessitated those who survived the cut to play 36 holes Sunday, and Scott catapulted into contention by shooting a 66 during the morning session. He then extended his lead by dropping a number of long birdie putts on the back nine of his final round. He would finish with a 67 and wrap up the final 36 holes 11-under-par.

Although his putter failed him on the 72nd hole, Scott said his game on the greens was one of the keys to his win.

I've played well this year, I've hit the ball great," Scott said. "My stats show that. The stats also show that I've really struggled on the greens. To do as well as I have the way I've been putting was quite good. I tried not to let it bring down the rest of my game but certainly this week and especially today, the putting was really, really good, and on the back nine on Sunday is when you really want to make putts and I made some good ones."

Scott gave a good chunk of the credit for his improved putting to a 30-minute lesson he received from Dave Stockton in Charlotte after he failed to make the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship.

It actually got me back to kind of a natural position for me to be in, and it was actually a lot how I was putting when I won the Byron Nelson in 2008," Scott said. "I was working on a very similar kind of thing.

"But he gave me some other little tips to just really feel my putts out better than I was and a little work with his son, Junior, last week in Sawgrass," Scott added. "I putted well in Sawgrass, in close to the hole, I just didn't make anything outside ten feet, really, and this week I got them rolling a little better from outside and I was still good in close. It was solid and it certainly makes the game a little easier when you're making some putts and you can rely on them, the fact that you're going to make five and six-footers."

While putting was a key to Scott's round, Jacobson wasn't pleased with his performance on the greens.

"I probably struck the ball today better than I ever have for any single day without making a whole lot of putts," he said. "I went bogey-free for 36 holes and shot 9-under for the two rounds and hardly felt like I was making any putts. The amount of looks I had at birdie today was a lot of fun and the way I put the ball in play was great."

The victory in San Antonio brings Scott's tally to seven on the PGA Tour and moves him into the top 30 in the race for the FedEx Cup.

Valero and Golf San Antonio also scored a major victory this week, raising more than $8 million dollars to contribute to local charities. That total should give the Valero Texas Open the distinction of largest fundraiser on tour again.

 

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