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After course finally dries out, Scott reigns to end drought

Associated Press / May 17, 2010

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Adam Scott made the Texas Open his first PGA Tour victory in two years, shooting a combined 11-under-par 133 in a 36-hole finale yesterday to edge Fredrik Jacobson by a stroke.

The 2008 Byron Nelson Classic winner, Scott overcame two early bogeys with an eagle on the par-4 17th in his third-round 66, then built his lead with six birdies en route to a closing 67 at TPC San Antonio.

The 29-year-old Australian survived a closing bogey — his only one in the final round — when Jacobson missed a 16-footer from the fringe on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff.

Scott finished at 14-under 274 and earned $1,098,000 for his seventh tour victory.

He got the win at the Oaks Course, designed by his hero, countryman Greg Norman, who sent a message to Scott afterward.

“He’s glad I like the course,’’’ Scott said.

Scott rallied from four strokes back — and bogeys on two of his first three holes — before settling down in the long final day. More than 3 inches of rain had washed out Friday’s round, setting up the 36-hole marathon.

Ernie Els, Aaron Baddeley, and Jimmy Walker tied for third at 12 under. Els, the FedEx Cup leader, followed a third-round 69 with a 68.

Baddeley also entered the day four back and shot 67 and 68. Walker had rounds of 70 and 69 and ended up with a career-best finish on the tour.

LPGA — Se Ri Pak ended a three-year victory drought with a birdie on the third playoff hole to beat Brittany Lincicome in the Bell Micro Classic.

Pak used a nice bunker shot to set up the putt that sealed her 25th career win and first since the Owens Corning Classic in 2007. Pak hit within 10 feet below the hole on a fairway bunker shot from about 170 yards to give herself a birdie chance, while Lincicome saved par with a long downhill putt.

“I knew this day was going to come,’’ said Pak. “All I could do is be patient and work hard.’’

Suzann Pettersen also made the playoff, but bogeyed the second hole on the par-4, 402-yard 18th.

Champions — In Hoover, Ala., Dan Forsman made an eagle and four consecutive birdies on the front nine on his way to a three-stroke victory in the Regions Charity Classic.

Forsman, who shot a tournament-record 62 in the second round at Ross Bridge, won for the second time on the Champions Tour.

He made a couple of late bogeys to finish at 66 for the third round and 20-under 196 for the tournament, easily beating Joe Ozaki (66) and Peter Senior (68) at 17 under.

European — Peter Hanson shrugged off a one-shot penalty to beat Alejandro Canizares in a playoff and win the Mallorca Open in Son Servera, Spain.

A television replay showed that Hanson struck his chip shot on No. 12 a second time. He fell two strokes behind with four to play before making birdies on the 15th and 17th at Pula Golf Club.

Hanson won his third European Tour title when Canizares bogeyed the first extra hole. Hanson and Canizares both shot 66 to finish 6 under, four shots clear of James Kingston.

Norfolk County Classic — Doug Clapp has played Presidents Golf Course enough times to know that position trumps power, especially when there’s a tournament at stake. So while his final-round, even-par 70 might not have contained the highlights of his flag-hunting 64 during the first round, it gave him what he wanted: his first Norfolk County title, and first victory in a points tournament recognized by the Massachusetts Golf Association.

“It feels great. I finally got one,’’ said Clapp, who still hasn’t forgotten the 1998 Classic, when he double bogeyed the 18th hole to lose by two. This time, the Walpole resident won by two, his 134 the lowest 36-hole score since 2003.

Consecutive birdies by first-round co-leader Larry Rentz on Nos. 11-12 left the duo tied, but Clapp was steady over the closing stretch, while Rentz double bogeyed the 13th, then made a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 15th.

Clapp made a birdie on the short 17th, giving him a two-shot lead with only the par-3 18th left.

Mike Calef of Brockton made it interesting, with birdies on his final five holes to shoot 67 and finish second. Kevin Quinn (70-68) was third, while Rentz stumbled to a 76 and tied for fifth.

Michael Whitmer of the Globe staff contributed to this report.