Scott rises to the occasion


SAN FRANCISCO – Adam Scott didn’t let his captain down.

Scott, Greg Norman’s controversial captain’s pick, showed sharp closing skills teaming with Ernie Els Thursday to defeat Sean O’Hair and Hunter Mahan 2 and 1.

Scott drove the short 17th green, a 344-yard par 4, then clinched the match there holing a 5-foot birdie. At the 16th, Scott hit a wedge to 1 foot to set up an easy birdie for Els to win that hole.

“Honestly, I haven’t felt like that for awhile,” Scott said. “Juices were really flowing, and I had one of those feelings that I used to have a lot of the time. To get it this morning was fun.”

Els raved about Scott’s play and said he believed they would have won by a larger margin if Els had converted more of the birdie chances that Scott set up.

“Being a captain’s pick, I think there’s extra pressure on the guys,” Els said. “Because there’s always going to be the question, win or lose, what if this other guy was picked.”