(Reuters) - American Matt Every clinched his first PGA Tour victory in dramatic fashion when he surged past a faltering Adam Scott to win the $6.2 million Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke in Florida on Sunday.
Every started the final round four strokes behind Scott, but charged to the front with four birdies in a sizzling five-hole stretch around the turn at Bay Hill in Orlando as Scott faded to finish third.
The 30-year-old Every built a three-shot lead and had the luxury of bogeying the 16th and 18th holes.
He shot a 70 to finish at 13-under-par 275, while fellow American Keegan Bradley missed a long birdie attempt at the last that would have forced a playoff.
Bradley (72) finished second on 12 under, with Scott (76) a shot further behind.
World number two Scott, in his final start before defending his Masters title, had a chance to tie at the 16th hole, only to make a three-putt par.
Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Gene Cherry