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Australia's Adam Scott secured his first PGA Tour victory for over two years with a one stroke win over Fredrik Jacobson in the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.
Scott played two excellent rounds of 66 and 67 on the weekend to finish on a four-round total of 14-under-par. It was an anxious wait for the Australian to see if it would be good enough, particularly as he had missed a five-foot par putt on the 72nd green.
Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson was most likely to match Scott's total but he missed a good birdie chance on the 17th and, when his birdie putt on the 18th skimmed by the hole, the title was Scott's. It was a great relief for the Australian who hadn't won on tour since the Byron Nelson Championship of 2008.
"I questioned myself at times last year whether I was a great player or not," Scott said. "I still feel I am."
With the win Scott has climbed seven places on the World Ranking to number 36. He's also up to 17th on the FedEx Cup standings.
Jacobson, who'd played himself into contention with an excellent third round of 65, couldn't find the birdies in round four and he had to settle for a closing 70.
"I certainly felt with five holes to go I could do something," Jacobson said. "I had good feelings coming from the morning. I gave myself good looks on all five of them. Just didn't happen."
FedEx Cup leader Ernie Els had another good week, finishing in a tie for third with Aaron Baddeley and Jimmy Walker.
Valero Texas Open TPC San Antonio, Texas May 13-16, purse $6,100,000, par 72
1 Adam Scott (Aus) 71 70 66 67 274 $1,098,000 2 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 71 69 65 70 275 $658,800 T3 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 75 66 67 68 276 $317,200 T3 Ernie Els (RSA) 72 67 69 68 276 $317,200 T3 Jimmy Walker (USA) 70 67 70 69 276 $317,200 T6 Garth Mulroy (RSA) 71 67 67 72 277 $211,975 T6 Tim Petrovic (USA) 70 68 71 68 277 $211,975 8 Steve Flesch (USA) 69 73 66 70 278 $189,100 T9 James Driscoll (USA) 70 68 72 69 279 $158,600 T9 Tom Gillis (USA) 71 70 70 68 279 $158,600 T9 Spencer Levin (USA) 70 69 67 73 279 $158,600 T9 Ryan Palmer (USA) 75 69 71 64 279 $158,600
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only
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