Adam Scott breaks free of logjam at Riviera, wins by 2 shots

Ross Houston
February 17, 2020

"I thought, 'Well, you can maybe win the tournament if you hit a great flop shot here.' So I thought I might as well go for it", Scott said after his two-shot victory in the Genesis Invitational, this one that counts in the record book.

Scott survived a calamitous Sunday with just enough clutch putts - for birdie, par, even a bogey - and closed with 1-under 70 for a two-shot victory in the Genesis Invitational.

Scott hoisted the trophy at Riviera in 2005, but since the rain-soaked event was shortened to 36 holes he wasn't credited with a US PGA Tour victory. I have a chance to play going down the road.

Riviera was such a strong test that everyone made mistakes, including Scott.

Scott made double bogey and Rory McIlroy made triple bogey on the fifth hole to fall out of the lead.

While Scott bounced right back with an 18-foot birdie putt at the sixth, McIlroy made a bogey and never really recovered.

McIlroy made the ideal start as he birdied the opening hole, yet a disastrous seven on the par-four 5th hole put a huge dent in his hopes of landing another PGA Tour win, with a bogey on the next hold leaving him with a mountain to climb.

A two-over par round of 73 was a source of frustration for McIlroy, but he found some comfort in his form after a week that saw him post three rounds in the 60s.

He finished at 11-under 273 and moved to No. 7 in the world, his first time in the top 10 in almost three years.

Overall Woods had seven bogeys and a double-bogey with one birdie and an eagle on the way to an 11-over par total of 295 - 68th and last of the 68 players to make the cut.

Beyond periods where confidence eluded him, Scott has enjoyed a 20-year career largely devoid of injuries and as he continues to find the best way to manage golf and family, has identified the next five years as the time to leave his legacy.

Sung Kang, Scott Brown and Matt Kuchar finished tied for second place at the Genesis Invitational after they each carded scores of 9-under par for the tournament.

"Good news, I hit every ball forward, not backwards, a couple sideways", Woods said. "It's a big step, whatever point in my career I'm at".

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. "There was a bit of wind about and that made it hard, but I managed to hang in there and it feels very special to get this win".

Scott has also won 14 times internationally, including the Australian PGA Championship in December.

Hideki Matsuyama made the cut on the number and finished three shots behind in a tie for fifth with McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa and Joel Dahmen. Scott fired a final round of 70 and finished 11-under par for the tournament. And when he got in big trouble with his approach into a buried lie in the sane on the 15th, he got up-and-down from the other side of the green with a 5-foot putt to escape with bogey.

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