Flying Scott, Prince of the desert

Aussie Adam, dressed to thrill

Bob Warters's picture
Mon, 18 Mar 2002

Adam Scott, who won the Qatar Masters to claim his second European Tour title on Sunday, could become the next serious challenger to Tiger Woods.

The way in which he dominated in Doha, proved to the disbelievers, that the next generation of athletic, big-hitting superstars are lurking in the wings, and this likeable young Aussie, who doesn't celebrate his 22nd birthday until the week of The Open in July, already has one foot on the world stage.

His victory moves him to 50th in the world rankings - Tiger's top for the 136th consecutive week - and earns a place in this week's Players Championship at Sawgrass.

He carded a final round 67 for a 19-under-par total and a six-shot victory over Frenchman Jean-Francois Remesy and another great prospect Nick Dougherty from Chorley in Lancashire.

Six players shared fourth place, eight shots adrift of Scott, including Welshman Mark Pilkington, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and England's John Bickerton.

Talk of Colin Montgomerie, making a move was premature as he stuttered to 74 - a canyon-wide 11 shots behind Scott, looking cool and dressed to thrill in a classy-Burberry shirt.

The Australian had extended his early lead with a birdie two at the 8th and put the tournament beyond reach with a spectacular eagle at the 634-yard par-5 following hole, spinning his pitch into the cup from 130 yards. He had fired a 5-iron into the hole from 196 yards at the 15th earlier in the week.

Another birdie on the next maintained a six-shot cushion and although he dropped shots on the 12th and 15th, further birdies on the 14th, 17th and 18th rounded off an impressive performance.



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