Adam Scott defeats Jason Dufner in Colonial playoff

Adam Scott was able to defeat Jason Dufner in a playoff at Colonial to claim his first victory of the 2014 season at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

What Happened

Jason Dufner and Adam Scott entered the day near the top of a packed leaderboard that included David Toms, Hideki Matsuyama, Chad Campbell and basically anyone with a PGA Tour card to their name that decided to make the trip to Texas this week. Dufner and Scott separated themselves, and were both inside the clubhouse at 9-under par with the final group still on the 15th hole.

05.25.14 dufner on 18

The putt on 18 that got Dufner into the clubhouse at 9-under par.

With tough scoring all week, it seemed likely that the number was going to be 9-under and that we were destined for a playoff. No one else was able to get into the clubhouse at 9-under, so Dufner and Scott went out to the 18th for extra holes.

The two each made par on the opener, followed by birdies on the 17th, so they were off to the 18th again for the third playoff hole. Scott hit a fantastic approach into the green after Dufner couldn’t get close, and Scott was able to hammer the birdie putt home to take the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational.

Scott's approach into the third playoff hole at Colonial.

Scott’s approach into the third playoff hole at Colonial.

Scott hits the final putt.

Scott hits the final putt.

Final Leaderboard

  • 1. Adam Scott -9 *wins in playoff*
  • 2. Jason Dufner -9
  • T3. Nicholas Thompson -8
  • T3. Freddie Jacobson -8

What The Win Means For Scott

When Scott ascended to number one in the OWGR this week with Tiger on the shelf, it was going to be interesting to see how long he stayed there because of how close everyone was at the top of the list, and with Henrik Stenson’s good finish at Wentworth, it certainly seemed possible that Scott could have a one week run at the top of the heap. Scott obviously didn’t need this win to keep his card or anything like that, but he’s been on the record as saying that being the number one player in the world is important to him, so this does mean a lot.

With Tiger likely out, this win probably moves Scott to being at the very least, a joint favourite with Rory McIlroy at Pinehurst.

GIF of the Tournament

There wasn’t much this week in terms of “GIFable” moments, but Jordan Spieth did give us this:

Spieth chucks his Titleist into the water.

Spieth chucks his Titleist into the water.

Sometimes the ball just needs a little cleaning.

Other Notes and Takeaways

  • Notables to miss the cut: Paul Casey, Ryo Ishikawa, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Stadler, Angel Cabrera, Nick Watney and Rickie Fowler.
  • Other notable finishes: Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama (T10), Graham DeLaet, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson (T14), Bill Haas (T21), Louis Oosthuizen (T38), Brandt Snedeker (T45), Jim Furyk (T51), Hunter Mahan (T60) and Zach Johnson (73rd).
  • Given the season he’s had, this was an important week and finish for Dufner as well, who was on the outside looking in for Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup side at Gleneagles. The ball striking is still looking solid, but man, he needs to work on the putting from inside three feet.
  • Pretty amazing that we’re at the point with Jordan Spieth where a T14 is considered an off week.
  • Nick Watney is getting pretty close to falling out of my “notables” section in this area. Since the start of 2013, he’s played 40 events worldwide and has finished inside the top-10 just four times.
  • The missed cut by Kuchar is just the third he’s posted since the 2012 season.
  • I understand that this week is a tough one for a lot of the players, especially with the BMW PGA being held at Wentworth, but Colonial is a great track that deserves a better field than the one that showed up here.
  • How much money could you have won if you had said that Adam Scott would be the fifth Australian born player to win on the PGA Tour in 2014? He follows Jason Day, John Senden, Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones.
  • Playoff GIF post is coming up shortly.
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