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Scott wins Australian PGA

Adam Scott (Getty Images)
Adam Scott (Getty Images)

Gold Coast - Masters champion Adam Scott has defied a lengthy weather suspension midway through the final round of the Australian PGA Championship to win by four shots at Royal Pines on Sunday.

Scott completed the sixth career Triple Crown in Australian golf after he recovered from a two-hour weather delay, making an eagle and two birdies to complete a final-round four-under-par 67 on the Gold Coast.

Scott's emphatic win, along with last year's Australian Masters and the 2009 Australian Open, means he joins Greg Norman, Peter Senior, Craig Parry, Robert Allenby and Peter Lonard as winners of all three domestic majors.

It also adds a home triumph to his three international tournament wins and more than $US5 million in earnings for the year.

"It feels amazing to kind of tick the boxes down here in Australia now. I guess they've come fast in the end but it's been a long road to get them all," said Scott, 33, the world number two.

"Really proud -- the PGA's meant a lot to me and my family so I think this is an incredible win, a very memorable one for me being here on the Gold Coast as well.

"This is the icing on the cake."

Scott, who became the first Australian to win the Masters earlier this year, topped the leaderboard ahead of young American Ricky Fowler (63-72-71-68) while Australian Jack Wilson was six shots off Scott in third.

Sensational approach shots on the par-5 12th and par-5 15th were the highlights of Scott's final round as he romped to the trophy.

It was a different Scott who emerged from the clubhouse following the thunderstorm after he had struggled to hold onto his overnight three-shot lead.

Before the weather delay he was just one shot up over the closing Fowler.

"A special win for me. I've felt incredible support from the crowd... I could feel them getting nervous as it got close out there for the first 10 or 12 holes," said Scott.

"Them cheering me on to get the win was a good feeling as well."

Scott will chase further glory as he continues his homecoming tour at the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne on Thursday, before lining up in the World Cup at the same venue the week after and then the Australian Open at Royal Sydney the following week.

Fowler, 24, who began the tournament with an eight-under 63, made six birdies in Sunday's final round but his second bogey of the day, at the 13th, ended his hope of spoiling Scott's homecoming party.

Young trainee professional Wilson, who hit four birdies before the storm to surge into contention, carded a final-round 68 to finish behind the tournament's top two.

Leading scores after the final round of the OneAsia-sanctioned Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines (par-71) on the Gold Coast on Sunday (Australia unless stated):

270 - Adam Scott 65-67-71-67
274 - Rickie Fowler (USA) 63-72-71-68
276 - Jack Wilson 68-71-69-68
277 - Cameron Percy 69-73-67-68
278 - Michael Wright 69-70-68-71
279 - Jason Norris 67-74-71-67, Ji-man Kang (KOR) 72-68-70-69, Gareth Paddison (NZL) 68-67-73-71, Nathan Green 66-69-73-71, Ashley Hall 68-69-71-71.
280 - Stephen Leaney 68-73-69-70, Marc Leishman 69-71-68-72, David McKenzie 65-69-72-74
281 - Jason Scrivener 70-67-76-68, David Klein (NZL) 72-69-72-68, Mathew Goggin 73-70-69-69, Scott Hend 72-68-71-70, Peter Cooke 70-74-67-70, Nathan Holman 69-71-70-71, Nick Flanagan 75-68-67-71, Steven Jeffress 68-68-71-74

Selected scores:

284 - Geon-ha Kim (KOR) 72-72-71-69
285 - Garrett Sapp (USA) 71-73-73-68
286 - Rory Hie (INA) 69-70-77-70
287 - Jun Seok Lee (KOR) 69-74-74-70
288 - Eric Mina (USA) 71-73-72-72
290 - Richard T. Lee (CAN) 68-72-73-77

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