Final Hole Dramatics Continue

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First off, lets all agree on this: Adam Scott is not a young gun. He is a young cannon.
 
At 23, he is precocious - during the second round of The Players Championship he was content to take the 72 the golf course gave him that day.
 
And dont forget, at last years Presidents Cup in South Africa he was one of the most adamant members of the International squad who begged captain Gary Player not to accept a tie. So he is ferocious, too. Quietly so.
 
And now he is the youngest winner in the history of The Players Championship. Fact is, the best short stretch of golf played all week probably was runner-up Padraig Harringtons 8-under over the last 12 holes Sunday, including 30 on the final nine to force Scotts hand.
 
Harrington got up and down from the fairway on the 72nd hole for a 66. One day earlier Paul Stankowski had gotten up and down on the 18th hole, also for a 66 that included birdies on the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes.
 
Then Scott did the same on his last hole Sunday to win the golf tournament. He is the games shining star at the moment. But the game itself is doing quite nicely, thank you, due to an up and down year in the best sense.
 
We will not soon forget John Dalys up and down from the back bunker at 18 on the first playoff at the Buick Invitational for a victory that revived his career.
 
Nor will we fail to remember Mike Weirs delicate greenside up and down one week later, also on the 18th hole, at Riviera to capture his second straight Nissan Open.
 
Then the tour got to Florida and all hell broke loose. On the first hole of a playoff at the Ford Championship at Doral, Craig Parry jarred a 6-iron to stun Scott Verplank and wrest away that victory. (That was actually an up and in) One week later rookie Todd Hamilton got up and down from the fairway on the 18th hole Sunday to win at the Honda Classic.
 
And now we have Adam Scotts up and down for bogey on the 18th Sunday at The Players to hold off Harrington by a shot. This is why they erect all those tents around the 18th greens on the PGA Tour. And its one reason why medal play, if you want to argue the point, is better than match play: Events always finish on the 18th hole.
 
This is your chance, Scott told himself before stroking his winning putt Sunday. Lets take the break out in a nice firm putt and knock it straight in the back. And it was just perfect, that putt.
 
Now the tour moves onto Atlanta for the final preparation for the Masters that begins April 8. Tiger Woods form is questionable. Scott and Harrington are at the top of their games. John Daly has qualified to play in his seventh Masters (he finished third there in 1993).
 
And, yes, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus will be there, too.
 
Heres hoping the tournament gets decided on the 18th hole Sunday.
 
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