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Scott lands 'Aussie Slam' with Royal Pines win

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Adam Scott pipped Rickie Fowler to the Australian PGA, with Jack Wilson in third © Getty Images
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Adam Scott made good on his bid to win the 'Aussie Slam' after a back-nine masterclass landed him a home-soil victory in the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines.

Masters champion Scott sealed a four-shot win over Rickie Fowler after coming home in 32 to card a final-round 67.

He becomes just the sixth man to complete the Australian Triple Crown having already won his homeland's Masters and Open titles.

"This was the one I wanted. This was the icing on the cake," said Scott, who triumphed in a play-off over Angel Cabrera at Augusta earlier this year. "It's been an incredible year since April. I've been looking forward to coming home and playing here. It means so much to me."

Taking a three-shot lead into Sunday, Scott let his advantage slip with a front-nine 35 that included a birdie at eight but a bogey at nine. Fowler pounced with birdies on the first, fifth and eighth, though a bogey at the third ensured he was still one shot back with nine to play.

The final round was then suspended for 90 minutes after dangerous weather conditions descended upon the Gold Coast course, with Scott still a stroke ahead with seven holes remaining.

But the break proved to work wonders for Scott, who returned with a brilliant approach to the par-five 12th that narrowly failed to drop in for an albatross. Scott tapped in for an eagle with Fowler making birdie.

Speaking of his shot at the 12th, Scott said: "I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this. That's what happens at these tournaments. I hit a four iron and it couldn't have been better."

A two-shot lead soon became four as Fowler bogeyed the next hole while Scott birdied 14. Both picked up a shot at 15, but Scott played the rest of the course to par to see out the victory.

Fowler birdied 16 to move within three of the lead but bogeyed 17 and parred 18. He finished with 68.

Australian Jack Wilson finished third on eight under after shooting 68. He had been tied for second and one off the lead following three birdies in his opening six holes.

Cameron Percy also shot 68 to seal fourth place on seven under. Michael Wright carded 71 to take fifth.

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