Australia’s Adam Scott won the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron Ohio by four shots from England’s Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler of the USA.
Scott who opened the week with a scintillating 62 took a one-stroke lead into the final round, his closest pursuers being Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and Australia’s Jason Day.
19-year-old Ishikawa held on resolutely to Scott’s coat tails through the early part of the round and was still just one stroke back at the 12th hole.
But Scott put his foot down from that point in. He chipped in from the side of the 12th green, then sank a raking birdie put across the 14th green to stretch his advantage to three. When Ishikawa three putted the 15th, the game was up. Scott cruised to the line and sealed the deal with an excellent closing birdie.
“Today, I was on,” Scott said. “To win here at this place, a World Golf Championship, it’s huge.”
As Ishikawa faded, Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler were able to climb the leaderboard as both fired solid closing rounds of 66. Although the effort wasn’t good enough for a win, both were pleased at their form heading into the year’s last Major next week – the USPGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
“It’s definitely the best I’ve played going into a Major,” said Fowler.
Much of the attention following Scott’s win was on his caddy Steve Williams. After his acrimonious split from Tiger Woods, emotions were clearly still running high for the New Zealander.
“I’ve caddied for 33 years, 145 wins now, and that’s the best win I’ve ever had,” he told CBS Sports on the 18th green.
Scott looked sheepish when told what Williams had said,
“He’s obviously really happy to get a win,” said Scott.
Rory McIlroy played another good round of 67 to move up into a tie for sixth place with Zach Johnson and K.T Kim. Lee Westwood ended the week in a tie for ninth after a closing 65. Both Brits will take a good deal of confidence to Atlanta.
Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio
Aug 4-7, purse $8,500,000, par 70
1 Adam Scott (Aus) 62 70 66 65 263 $1,400,000
T2 Luke Donald (Eng) 68 69 64 66 267 $665,000
T2 Rickie Fowler (USA) 68 64 69 66 267 $665,000
T4 Jason Day (Aus) 63 70 66 69 268 $332,500
T4 Ryo Ishikawa (Jap) 67 68 64 69 268 $332,500
T6 Zach Johnson (USA) 70 68 64 68 270 $215,000
T6 Kyung-tae Kim (Kor) 66 72 66 66 270 $215,000
T6 Rory McIlroy (NIR) 68 68 67 67 270 $215,000
T9 David Toms (USA) 68 68 68 67 271 $152,500
T9 Lee Westwood (Eng) 67 71 68 65 271 $152,500