Published: Wed, February 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Adam Scott's Genesis Invitational win continues Australian resurgence in 2020

Adam Scott's Genesis Invitational win continues Australian resurgence in 2020

Scott's two-shot triumph at Riviera Country Club on Sunday gave him a 14th official US PGA Tour title.

Leishman scrambled par after par until he missed from six feet on the 17th green, but he was a model of composure heading down the final hole and, after laying up with his second, he clipped a nerveless wedge to inside six feet and rolled in the birdie putt which proved good enough for victory when Rahm was unable to make the eagle he needed to force a play-off.

The victory comes 15 years after Scott won a playoff at Riviera that did not count as official because rain shortened the tournament to 36 holes.

Harold Varner III, looking for his first PGA Tour victory, was tied for the lead until he tried to hammer a 3-wood on the reachable 10th hole and chunked it so bad it barely reached the fairway, traveling a mere 129 yards. While McIlroy had a hard time (extra on that particular listed below) as well as Kuchar went 16 openings in between birdies, Scott's consistent play enabled him to inch free from a jampacked leaderboard where nearly 10 gamers had a reasonable possibility to win down the stretch.

Both Scott and McIlroy, who at the time were sharing the lead, made a complete mess of the par-four 5th hole with a double bogey and triple bogey respectively.

The invitation-only tournament is hosted by Tiger Woods.

"That's fun to poke fun at the thing in '05, but it is 15 years ago, so I really moved on from that by now", Scott said.

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Another said: "No-one in their right mind is going to have sympathy for you over this, you've made your bed". I'm so so glad she came and we got to have one more adventure together and a few last laughs", she added.

However, Scott dropped out of the lead after bogeying the fourth hole, missing a 5-foot, 6-inch putt for par, and double-bogeying the fifth, missing an 8-foot, 2-inch putt for bogey.

An event that began with a wonderful front nine of 31 shots on Thursday had long since unravelled by the time he completed his week's work over the same stretch on Sunday, as he followed his 76 on Saturday with a 77 to finish dead last of the 68 players who made the halfway cut. He rapped in a 3-foot par putt, stood back and raised his right fist in the air.

It's a good job the 30 year old has an equable temperament, for he was certainly tested over the next three holes.

The purple patch marks the best start to a season by Australians on the USA circuit, eclipsing the 2005 campaign when Stuart Appleby, Scott and Geoff Ogilvy had each won a United States tour title by 27 February. It was the first time Woods had finished last on the PGA Tour since the Memorial in 2015. "The good news is I hit every ball forward", Woods quipped.

"The big goal is to be a multiple major victor and I think the habit of winning is good for that".

McIlroy birdied the 18th from 18 feet as consolation and will pick up the many positives as he heads to this week's WGC-Mexico on the back of his ninth top-10 finish in 11 events, a run that has seen him win twice and reclaim top spot in the rankings for the first time in five years. And this feels very special. It's only going to get harder probably. His final round of two-over 73 left him on eight-under par in a tie for fifth with Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa, Joel Dahmen. This victory was a prolonged time coming, and it came on his favorite PGA Tour training course.

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