Adam Scott wins Singapore Open for third time

Adam Scott shot a 3-under-par 68 to win his third Singapore Open
by three strokes, completing his final 10 holes Monday after a
lengthy thunderstorm suspension Sunday.

Scott, who won at the Sentosa Golf Club in 2005 and 2006, had a
72-hole total of 17-under-par 267.

Anders Hansen of Denmark shot 68 to finish second, and Sweden’s
Rikard Karlberg (67) and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell of
Northern Ireland (70) were tied for third, four shots behind
Scott.

Scott took over the lead in the second round, opening with
rounds of 65 and a 69. On Monday, he three-putted the 14th for a
bogey, but finished with a birdie from 12 feet on 18 to win his
seventh European tour title and first in 2 1/2 years.

”It feels great,” Scott said. ”Relief to finally get
finished, it’s been a bit of a long week.

”I haven’t been putting my best lately and the demons started
creeping in on the back nine. But it’s a course I absolutely love
and I’ve played so many great shots here.”

Hansen, who has won two European tour events, missed a 20-foot
birdie putt on the 15th hole.

”If I had holed that one, I would only be one behind with three
to go and then you never know,” Hansen said. ”But I missed it so
the chance was gone.”

Play was suspended for 5 1/2 hours Sunday, forcing the Monday
finish. The opening round Thursday had a four-hour weather
suspension.

U.S. Masters champion Phil Mickelson had a final-round 70 to
finish on 3-under. His final-round score included a two-stroke
penalty invoked by the European Tour for showing up late at the
course from his hotel for the resumption of play Sunday
afternoon.

Defending champion Ian Poulter and South Korea’s Kang Kyung-nam
trailed Scott by a stroke after three rounds, but both fell off the
pace in the final round. Kang finished fifth after a 72 and Poulter
had a 73 to finish tied for sixth with James Donaldson of Wales
(70).