Scott back on course with short putter

DROUGHT-BREAKER: Adam Scott after his one-shot victory in the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
DROUGHT-BREAKER: Adam Scott after his one-shot victory in the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Sam Greenwoodgetty IMAGES

Queenslander Adam Scott got the short-stick monkey off his back before it turned into a US Masters gorilla with his first PGA Tour victory in almost two years at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach.

Australia's one and only US Masters winner (2013), Scott continued Spaniard Sergio Garcia's painful winless drought with a one-shot victory, his first with the short putter since the ban on anchoring "broomsticks" came into force this year.

It was Scott's 12th win on the US Tour and a timely reminder to the top players in the world rankings - Jordan Spieth, fellow Aussie Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler - that he is gunning for the No.1 ranking he held for 11 weeks from May 2014, before losing it to McIlroy.

More importantly, it was a psychological blow, with many doubting Scott could successfully revert to the short putter after using the anchored long-handled putter for most of his US Tour career.

"It feels really good, I played exceptionally well in the third round and got it done," said the 35- year-old, who has been working hard on his short game and putting.

"Things were slipping and loose last year.

"My game has come into a really good spot."

Scott shot a final-round even-par 70 to finish at nine-under overall, one clear of Garcia, who again struggled with his putter.

John Senden was the next best Australian in Florida, tied for 10th on one-under after closing with a 71.

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