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A course record, along with the best score and arguably the best shot since the tournament arrived in Bermuda seven years ago, propelled Adam Scott to victory in the Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal yesterday.

On a decidedly unBermudaful day, Scott's scintillating seven-under-par 64 that included five birdies, an eagle and not a single bogey, lit up the course and left his three rivals trailing in his wake.

The Australian came from four shots behind overnight leader Justin Rose to finish the 36-hole tournament at eight under par, having started the day at just one-under.

Three shots ahead of Scott at they stood on the first tee, Englishman Rose seemed destined for the championship after reeling off four successive birdies on the front nine. But, as the rain continued to fall, there were no more to come, his card blemished by two bogeys.

He finished with a 69.

PGA Champion Jason Dufner was third at three-under after recording a one-under 70.

Padraig Harrington shot even par but he'd already been thrown out of contention in the first round when he struggled to a three-over-par 74.

Scott picked up $600,00 for the victory, Rose $300,000 for second, Dufner $250,000 for third and Harrington $200,000.

With the Masters and US Open champions tied for the lead at six-under-par heading to the 17th, and a play-off looking likely, Scott produced the shot that ultimately secured the trophy.

Crunching a drive into the centre of the fairway, the 33-year-old then arrowed a six-iron from 190 yards to within a couple of the inches of a rare albatross (double-eagle).

Rose, left with an awkward lie after driving close to the water hazard, could only make par.

He lost his share of the lead and with it the title.

“Obviously I'm thrilled to come out on top,” said Scott, minutes after being presented with the pink jacket by Premier Craig Cannonier.

“It was fun, but it's been a trying couple of days here, especially today. It felt like a long round out there but I was happy with the score.

“Standing on the 11th tee, I didn't think a score like this (64) that was going to be possible but I played very well and managed to slowly claw away at Justin.

“After he made bogey on 16, I managed to capitalise on that by hitting such a great shot into 17.”

Both Scott and Rose carded 33 on the front nine and at the eighth Rose still led by four.

But the turning point may have been the leader's bogey at ninth, his first of the round.

Scott edged even closer with a birdie at the par-three 13th. The margin now was only two.

“I think after I birdied 13, I felt like this is close now. Then obviously he just missed (his putt) on 15 and I made mine.

“At one back and with those last three holes, anything can happen. I guess the momentum was on my side but I was just thinking I need to hit good shots and see whether he could respond because I had the honour.

“But the back nine was going to be tough whether the weather got better or worse. It makes you hit a lot of good shots to have a good score. And as we made the turn, the weather got awful for a little while.

“But, look, he played very good and his only mistake really was 16. And he made a good bogey in the end. I kind of took advantage of being back in the hunt and hitting that shot on 17.”

For a time on the back nine, Dufner also put himself in the hunt with birdies at the 12th, 14th and 15th.

Going into the troublesome 16th, just two shots separated three players. However, as was the case on the first day, the long par-three picked up more casualties.

Dufner saw his tee shot head out to sea and while he made a spectacular bogey, hitting his second ball onto the green and sinking the putt, it was a case of too little too late.

Rose was also wild from the tee but found his ball in the hazard to the left of the green and was forced to take a drop. He got up and down for bogey but for the first time he no longer had an outright lead.

One hole later, he lost it altogether.

For the affable Scott, there was another present besides the trophy.

Walking into the media room for the post-tournament press conference, Premier Cannonier told the Australian: “On behalf of Bermuda and the Port Royal Golf Course, for setting the course record of 64, we'd like to offer to you an honorary membership here.”

To which Scott quipped: “Do I get to keep it if someone beats me next year?”

Pretty in pink: Australian golf star Adam Scott tries on the pink jacket after it was presented to him by Premier Craig Cannonier.

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Published October 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm (Updated October 17, 2013 at 9:31 am)

Scott sets record to claim title

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