On Thursday, March 8th, Australian Adam Scott shot a 6 under par 66 and is tied with Jason Dufner for the first round lead at the WGC Cadillac Championship. At the same time another Australian, Matt Jones, posted a 6 under par 66 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Open, and is tied for the lead with George McNeill. Scott and Jones are in position for an Aussie Sweep of this week's PGA Tour events. If you didn't know better, you would think they were playing in the same tournament.
Adam Scott at WGC Cadillac Champion, Doral, Florida
The wind at the TPC Blue Monster course was described as fierce and relentless. Tiger Woods, said "It was a difficult day ... wind blowing putts around ... made for a very challenging round." Adam Scott's scorecard shows an eagle at #1, a single bogey, plus five birdies. He was hitting the ball so well he said his caddie "just got out of my way today ... I just aimed down the middle and hit it there."
Standing 6'0" and weighing 180 pounds, Adam Scott is a 31-year-old native of Adelaide, Australia. He went to college in the United States, at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, turning pro in 2000. He has 8 prior wins on the PGA Tour, in 183 events played, and is currently #11 in the official world golf ranking (OWGR).
34-year-old Jason Dufner, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, attended Auburn University. He is among the top ranked players in the world (current #41 OWGR), yet has not won on the PGA Tour in 158 events played. On Thursday his score of 66 included 7 birdies and a lone bogey. With three career 2nd place finishes, Dufner's best finish in 2012 is 8th place at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Matt Jones at Puerto Rico Open, Rio Grande, Puerto RicoIt was very windy at the Trump International course. Jeff Overton said "The wind was howling" and that "It was hard ... A lot of wind." On Matt Jones scorecard you'll find an eagle at #2, a single bogey, plus five birdies. A former collegiate player at Florida State, Jones said the conditions were "... just like Florida, so it felt comfortable, and I happened to play well ... the few greens I missed, I chipped close and had tap-ins ... so I avoided mistakes."
At 6'0" and weighing 170 pounds, Matt Jones is a 31-year-old native of Sydney, Australia. He went to college in the United States, at Arizona State University, turning pro in 2001. He has yet to claim his first PGA Tour victory, in 104 events played, with his best finish being a tie for 4th at both the Honda Classic and Buick Open in 2008. He is current OWGR rank is #259.
George McNeill is a 36-year-old native of Naples, Florida. He has one career PGA Tour victory, the 2007 Frys.com Open, in 144 prior events played, and is currently ranked #176. In the first round he played bogey-free golf with six birdies, three each on the front and back sides. McNeill's best finish in 2012 is a tie for 19th at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Adam Scott and Matt Jones are playing miles apart, at two different tournaments and in two different countries. The stories of their first round on March 8th are almost identical. As this article raises the possibility of an Aussie Sweep of this week's PGA events, there is one more similarity worth noting. Both tournaments have Australians at 3 under par as well, just three shots behind, Aaron Baddeley at the WGC Cadillac Championship, Gavin Coles and Mathew Goggin at the Puerto Rico Open.
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Harold Andrews has played golf nearly 50 years (competitively and recreationally) and considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.source:
- Adam Scott
- Jason Dufner
- Puerto Rico Open