Scott hangs on to capture Australian Masters


Adam Scott squandered all of his four-shot 54-hole lead, but rallied from two shots behind down the stretch to win his second consecutive Australian Masters. Here's how things played out at Royal Melbourne.

Leaderboard: Adam Scott (-14), Matt Kuchar (-12), Vijay Singh (-10), Nick Cullen (-9), Ryan Fox (-6), Matthew Griffin (-6)

What it means: World No. 2 Scott, home in Australia for the first time since he won the Masters back in April, won his second consecutive tournament in his homeland, following his earlier win in the Australian PGA. In two weeks he'll go for the Australian Triple Crown when he tees it up in the Australian Open.

Round of the day: Fellow Aussie Marc Leishman, who was famously photographed fist-pumping for Scott when Scott won the Masters at Augusta, moved up 34 spots on the leaderboard to a seventh-place tie with a 6-under 65. Leishman had seven birdies against a single bogey.

Best of the rest: Kuchar finished solo second with a 3-under 68, but he won't be happy with that after taking a two-shot lead on the back nine, only to give it back with a bogey on the 16th and a double bogey on No. 18.

Biggest disappointment: Vijay Singh matched Scott's even-par 71, but starting the final round four shots back, he needed better. He put pressure on Scott early, but a bogey on No. 7, where he missed a shorft, left-to-right curling putt, ignited a stretch of three straight bogeys.