Weekend Recap: McIlroy Surges, Scott Fends Off Dufner

By Jon Ackerman
Sunday May 25th, 2014 10:46 pm EDT

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Hopefully you didn’t spend your entire weekend (even though, depending on your place of employment, it may not yet be over) standing by the grill or diving into the swimming pool. Because if that was the case, you missed some fantastic golf. Here’s a look back:

Rory McIlroy calls off wedding, stages stellar comeback for win
Rory McIlroy broke off his marriage plans with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday, then told the media about playing the BMW PGA Championship, “I’m not going to lie. It’s going to be very difficult.”

Well, it wasn’t easy, but he played quite superbly to erase a seven-shot deficit – the largest of his career – at the beginning of Sunday and win the European Tour’s flagship event for the first time. McIlroy carded a 6-under 66 in the final round, good enough for a 14-under 274 overall, one shot better than Shane Lowry. It marks McIlroy’s 12th career victory worldwide, and first since the Australian Open in December. In nine official stroke-play events in 2014, the 25-year-old has recorded top-10 finishes eight times.

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Adam Scott confirms that No. 1 ranking
Earlier this week, after Adam Scott overtook Tiger Woods for the world No. 1 ranking, numerous outlets ran stories about how slim Scott’s cushion was and how quickly he could lose that top spot. On the cover of the Sports Illustrated Golf+ Digital e-magazine, a graphic read: “Superstar Wanted; Professional Golf Seeks Legitimate World No. 1.” Scott then went out and shot a 1-over 71 Thursday in the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational to sit well back of the leaders.

Over the weekend, however, he decided to play like the world No. 1. He posted 4-under 66s on Saturday and Sunday, which put him in a playoff with Jason Dufner. The two major winners parred the first playoff hole, then birdied the second. Scott stuck his approach shot to seven feet on the third sudden-death hole, and Dufner couldn’t match his birdie. Scott collected his first win as world No. 1, his first as a married man, his 11th on the PGA Tour, and a nice $1.15 million check.

Dufner distracted by Scott’s good looks
Jason Dufner missed a chance to collect his fourth career PGA Tour victory, and his first since winning the 2013 PGA Championship. The difference between first and second place at the Crown Plaza Invitational was $460,800. But the always-lovable Duf Daddy wasn’t so distraught that he couldn’t toss out a few jokes after losing. “It’s tough to beat him,” he said of Scott. “He’s a great player. It’s tough to concentrate, he’s so good looking, too.”

Colin Montgomerie snags first senior major
A week after the Champions Tour played its first major of 2014, the circuit contested its second on Sunday, the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich. Colin Montgomerie’s 6-under 65 in the final round secured a four-stroke victory over Tom Watson. It’s the 50-year-old Scotsman’s first win as a senior, and his first major of any kind. He turned in five runner-up finishes in major tournaments on the PGA Tour, the best he could manage in 71 major appearances. This was just his fifth start in a senior major.

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Jessica Korda breaks away for second win this season
Jessica Korda started the day three strokes behind Anna Nordqvist at the Airbus LPGA Classic, but carded a 6-under 30 on her back nine Sunday to edge Nordqvist by a stroke. The 21-year-old Korda got to a final-round 7-under 65 courtesy of birdies on four of her final five holes, and she finished at 20-under (268) overall. It marks her second triumph of the year, after opening 2014 by taking the trophy at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

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