Wednesday Notebook: Membership proffered
By The PGA of America Staff and Josh Ball
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda – After Adam Scott claimed victory with his course-record 64 on Wednesday, Bermuda Premier Craig Cannonier presented him with an honorary membership to Port Royal Golf Club, and Scott was all smiles. After thanking the premier, Scott asked: “If someone happens to break my course record next year, do I get to keep my membership?”
THE LEAD: Overnight and steady rain through most of the round resulted in wet, sloppy playing conditions on Wednesday. On the front nine, Justin Rose’s four consecutive birdies on holes 4-7 propelled him to a three-shot lead over Scott heading into the back nine. The rains eventually subsided and Scott’s game took off as two birdies along with and an amazing eagle on the par-5 17th hole, thanks to a 190-yard 6-iron approach shot that settled about three inches from the cup, propelled him past Rose to a two-stroke lead at 8 under par.
A par at the 18th hole gave Scott a course-record 64 (for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda), resulting in a two-day score of 8-under-par 136 and the victory. Rose finished at 6-under-par 134 for second place, followed by Jason Dufner at 3-under-par 139 in third place and defending champion Padraig Harrington at 3-over-par 145 in fourth place. Scott earned $600,000 from the $1.35 million purse, while Rose earned $300,000, Dufner $250,000 and Harrington $200,000.
ADAM’S GRAND SLAM: Scott, with a 1-under-par 70, was three shots back of Rose after Day 1. Birdies on holes 1, 3 and 7 on Day 2 kept him within striking distance of the lead as he shot a 33 and remained three strokes back of Rose at 4 under par heading to the turn. A three-par stretch start to the back nine kept Scott at 4 under and still trailing Rose by three shots with six holes to play. Scott then birdied the 13th and 15th holes to climb within a shot of the lead with three holes to play, while a par-bogey exchange with Rose gave Scott a tie for the lead at 6 under par with two holes to play. His eagle 3 at the par-5 17th hole sent Scott to 8 under par and a two-stroke lead heading into the 18th hole. A closing par gave him a PGA Grand Slam of Golf course record in Bermuda with a 64, resulting in victory.
RUNNER-UP ROSE: After shooting a 4-under-par 67 on Day 1, Rose was the overnight leader. Day 2 started with three straight pars before Rose recorded four straight birdies from the fourth through seventh holes and extended his lead over Scott by four at 8 under par. A par on No. 8 followed by a bogey at 9 gave him a front-nine score of 33 and a three-shot lead over Scott. Five consecutive pars on the back nine allowed Rose to remain at 7 under par and just one shot ahead of Scott with three holes to play. An errant tee shot on the 16th hole resulted in a bogey and Rose fell back into a tie with Scott heading to the 17th hole. A par there, combined with Scott’s eagle, left Rose with a two-shot deficit. A par at the 18th hole wasn’t enough as Rose finished two strokes back in second.
DUTIFUL DUFNER: Jason Dufner shot a 2-under-par 69 and was two shots back of leader Rose after Day 1. Dufner’s front nine on Day 2 included eight pars plus a tough bogey on the fourth hole for a 37, dropping him to 1 under par and six shots back of Rose heading to the turn. A bogey, par, birdie start on the back nine kept Dufner at 1 under and six shots back with six holes to play. Back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th holes brought Dufner to within four shots of the lead with just three holes to play. However, an errant tee shot on the 16th hole forced Dufner to re-tee, which resulted in a bogey. A birdie at the 17th hole followed by a par on the final hole left Dufner with 70 for the day, five shots behind Scott in third place.
NO DEFENSE FOR HARRINGTON: After a tough first day, shooting a 3-over-par 74, Harrington trailed Rose by seven shots. With eight pars and a birdie on the front nine of Day 2, combined with Rose’s four birdies, Harrington was nine shots back of the lead heading into the turn. Another eight pars plus a bogey on the back nine left Harrington 11 shots back and in fourth place.
COURSE RECORD: Scott’s 64 on day 2 was a PGA Grand Slam of Golf course record for the event since it moved to Bermuda. Phil Mickelson owns the overall PGA Grand Slam of Golf one-day course record with a 59 in 2004 at Poipu Bay GC in Kauai, Hawaii. The previous course record at Port Royal belonged to Lucas Glover, who shot a 65 in 2009.
GREAT SHOT, SCOTT: Scott hit a 6-iron 190 yards to within three inches of the cup on his approach shot on the 17th hole, allowing him to tap in for an eagle 3 and go to 8 under par en route to victory. It was the only eagle recorded during the two-day event.
ROSE BIRD: Rose recorded four straight birdies on holes 4-7.
RED ON 7: With the exception of Dufner’s par on Day 2, the field combined for seven birdies on the seventh hole over the two-day event.
FORGIVING 14: After forcing four bogeys on the field on Day 1, the 14th hole yielded three pars and a birdie on Day 2.
PAR FOR 18: The 18th hole yielded only pars by the field over the two-day event.
BLACK AND BLUE HOLES: The ninth hole yielded a combined three bogeys and five pars over the event, while the 11th hole experienced no red scoring, either, with seven pars and a bogey. Worst of all, the signature 16th hole produced two double bogeys, three bogeys and three pars.
BIRDIES DOWN ON DAY 2: While the field combined for 14 birdies on the front nine of Day 1, the wet weather diminished scoring, resulting in only eight birdies on the front, with four coming from Rose.
GIVE THAT MAN A HUG: It hasn't been a happy couple of days for Harrington, but at least his family has enjoyed themselves, and hopefully the weather will improve for the rest of his stay.
"I think everybody else has enjoyed themselves, anyway," said Harrington. "I might enjoy my next two days. It is a great week. You do enjoy it more than any other tournament. But saying that, you are focused on playing the golf.
"Now that the golf is finished, I will take more of the sights of Bermuda in," he added. "I hope the weather is going to be good. Please tell me it's going to be sunny."