Adam Scott wins WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

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.

Adam Scott

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.

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 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

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