Scott rediscovers winning touch at Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Adam Scott won the Texas Open and, like the Australian does after many tournaments, heard from fellow countryman Greg Norman.

"He's glad I like the course," Scott said.

Scott should. He played it like Norman made it just for him.

Among harsh scrubland off the fairways that reminded him of Brisbane and sandbelt greens that looked like home, Scott got his first PGA Tour win in two years with a stellar 36-hole finale Sunday at the new Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

Norman designed the course, but there was more to this win than Scott having some sort of Aussie edge. The 29-year-old had David Stockton repair his putting game after missing the cut at Quail Hollow two weeks ago, and the work paid off.

Scott was 11 under in Sunday's 36-hole marathon, sinking a combined 12 birdies and one eagle. He finished at 14-under 274 and earned $1,098,000 for his seventh tour victory and first since the 2008 Byron Nelson Classic.

It was his first win overall since the Australian Open in December.

"Everyone has fairly short memories in this game," Scott said. "You've got to be out there all the time to be talked about, and hopefully I can keep going with this form and they can talk about me as one of the great players in the game."

Frederick Jacobson finished a stroke back, unable to force a playoff when the Swede missed a 16-footer from the fringe on No. 18.

It was a long final day. More than 3 inches of rain had washed out Friday's round, setting up Sunday's 36-hole marathon.

Ernie Els, Aaron Baddeley and Jimmy Walker tied for third at 12 under. Els, the FedEx Cup leader, followed a third-round 69 with a 68.

Baddeley also entered the day four back and shot 67 and 68. Walker had rounds of 70 and 69 and ended up with a career-best finish on the tour.

Tim Petrovic and tour rookie Garth Mulroy were 11 under.

Scott said he thought Aussies would do well on this course, and he was right.

His only blemish of the final round was on the par-5 18th, thought it nearly cost him. Scott's approach plopped in the greenside bunker, but he recovered to set up a 6-footer for par. But the putt rolled wide by a half-inch.

"A little bit of a disaster there," Scott said.

Good thing it was just a little one.

Still, it gave Jacobson a chance.

He started the day three strokes back, but shot up the leaderboard with a bogey-free 7-under 65 in the third round. But the 35-year-old couldn't keep up that pace over the final 18.

Jacobson finished with a 70 and another bogey-free round. But he struggled this time to break par, two-putting six of his first nine holes before finally sinking a 7-footer for birdie on No. 12.

Relieved, Jacobson threw his hands up in victory when the putt dropped.

But his final birdie was on the par-4 15th.

Jacobson was unable to replicate the five straight birdies he sank on holes Nos. 14 through 18 in the first round that morning.

"I certainly felt with five holes to go I could do something," Jacobson said. "I had good feelings coming from the morning. I gave myself good looks on all five of them. Just didn't happen."

J.B. Holmes had the 54-hole lead at 12 under but fell apart from the get-go in the final round. His had a double bogey on the par-4 first — overshooting the green for the second time of the day — then bogeyed four of his next seven holes.

Holmes was 4 over in the final round and finished 8 under.

Scott got his first top-10 finish this year, two weeks after he missed the cut at Quail Hollow and tied for 26th at The Players Championship.

Scott's past three PGA Tour victories have come in Texas. He won the Houston Open in 2007 and the Byron Nelson two years ago.