Adam Scott, of Australia, tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky
February 28, 2016

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott closed with an even-par 70 on Sunday to win the Honda Classic in just his third start since a new rule banning the stroke used for the long putter that he had the past five years.

Scott calmly rolled in a 30-inch par putt for a one-shot victory over Sergio Garcia.

It was the Australian's first victory since Colonial in May 2014, and his first using a conventional putter since the 2010 Singapore Open.

This was a two-man race from the start. Scott and Garcia were tied with eight holes to play until Garcia missed a 3-foot par putt on No. 11 and Scott hit out of a fairway bunker to 2 feet for birdie on the 12th. Garcia never caught up.

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