Scott collects his first victory of year in PGA Tour's final event of season

Monday, November 6, 2006
Adam Scott held his trophy after winning the Tour Championship by three shots Sunday in Atlanta.

With a trophy in hand, Adam Scott can now call this his best year.

His most consistent season was missing only a PGA Tour victory, and Scott took care of that Sunday in the final event, closing with a 4-under 66 to capture the Tour Championship in Atlnata by three shots over Jim Furyk.

Scott turned the season finale into a snoozer, playing mistake-free golf at East Lake until it no longer mattered. Hundreds of fans headed for the parking lot when the 26-year-old Australian made the turn with a three-stroke lead.

It was the perfect way to end the PGA Tour season for Scott. His goal was to be in contention more often, and he accomplished that with nine top 10s, six of those finishes no worse than third.

It was his fourth career PGA Tour victory, and it earned him the last spot at Kapalua for the winners-only Mercedes-Benz Championship that starts the 2007 season.

Scott finished at 11-under 269 and earned $1.17 million to finish a career-high third on the PGA Tour money list with nearly $5 million.

Furyk shot a 65 to match the low round of the week, but never got closer than two strokes and trailed by as many as five on the back nine. But he finished out his year with bogey-free golf over his final 31 holes, and his strong play was rewarded with a consolation prize when he captured the Vardon Trophy for the first time with the lowest adjusted scoring average on tour.

Furyk's average was 68.86, while Scott was second at 68.95. Tiger Woods had the lowest average (68.11), but failed to play the required 60 rounds.

LPGA Tour

Karrie Webb ended Annika Sorenstam's Mizuno Classic winning streak at five, closing with a 6-under 66 for a four-stroke victory over Kaori Higo in Japan's lone LPGA Tour event.

Sorenstam shot a 70 to finish five strokes back at 9-under 207 on the Kashikojima Country Club course in Mie, Japan.

-- The Associated Pess

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