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Grading the Crowne Plaza Invitational

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Adam Scott responded like No. 1 players in the world are supposed to respond.

With Henrik Stenson's T7 finish at the BMW PGA Championship earlier in the day Scott knew he needed a top 13 or better to retain his No. 1 ranking. With the choices at hand he went with "better."

Scott beat Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff Sunday at Colonial with birdies at the final two to lay claim to his top status for at least another week.

"This is a really special week for me," Scott told CBS' Peter Kostis after the win. "It's a real honor to win here. It's a beauty. I wanted to have a chance to win this one because I wanted to win them all in Texas."

And win them all he has.

Four of Scott's 11 PGA Tour wins have come at the four Texas stops. Houston Open (2007), Byron Nelson Championship (2008), Texas Open (2010) and now the Crowne Plaza Invitational (2014) -- they're all his.

He's the first to accomplish the feat, too.

After a first nine of 39 (four over) on Thursday, Scott played his final 63 holes in 13 under to get into the playoff. He barely made the cut, having to birdie three of his final seven holes on Friday to sneak inside the cut line.

He made the most of his opportunity, though. There were 49 golfers within five of the lead going into Sunday but it was Scott and Dufner who shined with dueling 66s to take over what David Toms, Hideki Matsuyama and others left behind.

The hottest man in golf (on the course, anyway) is the champion of Texas at last. That seems fitting.

Of course, what doesn't for Adam Scott?

Here are our grades for the Crowne Plaza Invitational:

PlayerGradeAnalysis
AAdam Scott gets married and wins his 11th PGA Tour event. Rory McIlroy calls off marriage and wins sixth European Tour event. To each his own. Finish: Win
AJason Dufner closed like major champs do, with a 66 to get into a playoff. His putt on No. 18 in regulation was immense and he battled so hard in the playoff. If he can putt like he did at Colonial, he'll contend at all three majors the rest of the season. Finish: 2
AJimmy Walker came undone with a too long drive on the 18th on Saturday (I wish that was my issue). Not bad but didn't finish. Finish: T10
BJordan Spieth has become a par machine on Sundays. That's a great thing in Open Championships. Not so much at Colonial. Finish: T14
BDustin Johnson led after a first-round 65 but flailed with a third-round 74. He closed hard but not hard enough to make up the difference. Finish: T14
FI'm under the impression that our pro-am group win on Sunday stole Rickie Fowler's magic. Still, his 80-75 was rough to watch. Finish: Missed Cut

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