IRVING, Texas (AP) — When Adam Scott was home in Australia after the Masters, he knew he needed to be somewhere else.
"This was not a good time for me to sit at home and wait a couple of weeks before coming back," Scott said. "I didn't need to fine-tune anything. I just needed to get out here. … Obviously, it worked well."
Instead of wasting his good play against his mates down under, Scott cut short his visit home to get back on the PGA Tour, and Sunday he beat Ryan Moore on the third playoff hole to win the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.
Even though Scott blew the three-stroke lead he carried into the final round, he made a 9-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to force a playoff. Playing it again on the third playoff hole, Scott made another birdie putt, a 48-footer that rolled over two ridges and into the cup.
"I needed to walk out of here with a trophy," said Scott, who also got $1.152 million. "I needed to go and close this thing out. It was tough, but I managed to do it."
After Scott's dramatic putt when they played the 18th hole for the third time in an hour, and second time in the playoff, Moore still had a chance to force another hole. But his pin-high putt from the fringe skimmed just past the cup.
"I'm just a little frustrated I didn't make mine," said Moore, who closed with a 2-under 68 to match Scott (71) at 7-under 273.
The first playoff for Scott and Moore was a fitting end after their back-and-forth Sunday duel. They finished four shots ahead of Bart Bryant (72). Nicholas Thompson (67), Mark Hensby (69) and Carl Pettersson (69) tied for fourth at 2 under.
It was the fourth career runner-up finish for Moore, the first player since Tiger Woods to skip Q-school and go straight from college to the PGA Tour. Woods got his first victory in his seventh start as a pro, while Moore is still looking for his first after 70 tournaments since 2005, after he was a four-time All-American at UNLV.
"A loss is a loss, but I tied for first at the end of the day," said Moore, who has a runner-up finish in each of his four pro seasons. "I was just proud of myself for battling around on a tough day in tough conditions.'"
The redesigned TPC Four Seasons played drastically different again after rain overnight combined with blustery conditions Sunday. It was an unseasonable cool day with temperatures barely reaching 60 degrees, with wind gusting to 30 mph making it feel cooler — and making club selection harder. There were only 10 subpar rounds.
The winning score was the highest since the Nelson moved to the Las Colinas venue in 1983. Only three other times had a winner failed to finish at least 10-under par, and two of those were in rain-shortened tournaments.
"I love days like today," Moore said. "It's like the last man standing, really."
The playoff started with both players making pars, first at No. 18 and then at the TPC's signature par 3, the 198-yard 17th hole, where Moore had taken a one-stroke lead in regulation by curling in a 12-foot birdie putt.
Scott, who got his sixth PGA victory, missed opportunities to win on each of the first two playoff holes, leaving makable birdie putts short both times.
Moore's tee shot to start the playoff went way right into the gallery, but he made a great save to the green and was able to two-putt for par.
When they were back to 17, Scott went for the flag tucked in the right front of the green beyond the lake, and landed the ball about 10 feet from the cup. Moore was well left off the fringe, near the same area where Scott two-putted from 84 feet to save par in regulation. But both two-putted, sending them to 18 again.
"In the end, I think (the statement) was to myself, I could actually win it when things weren't going my way," Scott said. "But it wasn't quite the statement I had in mind. I would have liked to have gone out there and have played like Ryan played and won by a few."
Scott pushed his first tee shot of the day way right into trampled grass, but salvaged a bogey after a nice approach short of the green. He was then steady until hitting his tee shot fat and into the water at the 174-yard fifth hole. That double bogey shrunk his lead over Moore from three shots to one.
After Scott and Moore both birdied the par-5 seventh, Moore got even at 6 under with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 461-yard eighth.
Moore went ahead with a 7-foot birdie at the 10th hole, and maintained that lead until consecutive bogeys. His tee shot at the 180-yard 13th went into a greenside bunker and he couldn't make the 10-foot par putt, then his approach at No. 14 went into another bunker behind the green that put Scott up by one.
But Scott, who had a 7-foot birdie attempt at No. 11 stop one roll short of dropping into the cup, hit his first two shots at No. 15 into the rough and wound up with bogey.
"I will probably take away more from gutting it out than winning by five," Scott said. "It would have been a tough defeat."
Notes:@ It was the 16th playoff at the Nelson since 1968, more than any other tournament. The last was in 2004. … Tim Herron had a bogey-free round and was in position for his first top-10 finish in 11 tournaments this season. Then he had consecutive double bogeys after his last two tee shots went into the water.
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