McIlroy surges to win, Aussies in top 10
Adam Scott has been unable to replicate his putting heroics from earlier in the week as Rory McIlroy landed his 20th US PGA Tour title with victory at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.
McIlroy surged past Rickie Fowler and held off the charge of Collin Morikawa to win by one shot at The Summit Club.
Scott entered the final round three shots adrift of Fowler and needing to replicate Friday's birdie blitz - which resulted in a 63 and remarkably included eight-under par in his closing seven holes - to mount a serious challenge.
Unfortunately, his three-under par 69 on Sunday was his worst round of the week and it left him four shots shy of McIlory in a tie for fifth.
Scott's fellow Australian Cameron Smith, meanwhile, finished in a share of ninth a shot back of his compatriot.
Smith managed six birdies but his score was dented by bogeys at the par-four fourth and par-three 11th to sign for a 68.
Scott, who wrapped up his final round with two birdies to get to 21-under par, admitted he did not take all of his chances.
"Any time you reach 20-under par, there's not too much going wrong but going for the win today I simply just did not have a good day on the greens," the former world No.1 said.
"I played well, I gave myself all the opportunities and I didn't make any of them and that was the difference.
"I think I played well enough to contend, but just left it all on the greens today."
A day after a sizzling 10-under 62 put him right in contention, McIlroy hit off for the final round in second place but seized control with a 35-foot eagle putt from just off the green on the par-five 14th.
He then played mistake-free down the stretch for a six-under 66 to post 25-under 263.
Second spot was taken by Morikawa, a member at The Summit Club, who shot 29 on the front nine to get in the mix and closed with an eagle for a 62.
Seeking his first victory in almost three barren years, Fowler never got going with a pair of three-putts in a round of 71 curtailing his hopes as he ultimately shared third with half-way leader Keith Mitchell (67) at 22-under par.
McIlroy is the 39th player to win at least 20 times on the PGA Tour and he now has five straight seasons with at least one tournament victory.
"It is a big carrot," the Northern Ireland star said of the 20 wins.
"I didn't know it would be this week."
The victory was similar to his first on the PGA Tour in 2010 at Quail Hollow, when he was also nine shots behind going into the weekend and closed with rounds of 66-62 to win.
Of the other Australians in the field this week, Marc Leishman had a final round eight-under 64 to finish tied for 38th along with Matt Jones, who signed for a 68.
Jason Day finished with a flourish, his 65 including an eagle on the par-five 15th, to end up in a group that shared 64th with Cam Davis (69).
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