LOS ANGELES – Adam Scott fired a one-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Genesis Invitational, and this time the Australian’s victory at Riviera Nation Membership is official.
On a difficult day that noticed world primary Rory McIlroy card a two-over-par 73 and event host Tiger Woods stumble to a six-over 77, Scott countered two bogeys and a double-bogey with 5 birdies to construct an 11-under complete of 273.
He completed two strokes in entrance of South Korea’s Kang Sung (69) and Individuals Scott Brown (68) and Matt Kuchar (72).
“It is extremely satisfying to win a event of this stature on a golf course of this stature — even higher to return out on prime and have your recreation actually examined. It was not simple,” Scott mentioned.
He mentioned the important thing with Riviera enjoying agency and quick was to “take away the massive errors” and whereas he did not handle to try this utterly, he did it higher than most.
Scott’s massive miscue got here on the par-four fifth, the place his flop shot from behind the inexperienced rolled again to his toes and he wound up with a double-bogey.
McIlroy, who began the day tied for the lead with Scott and Kuchar, fared even worse on the fifth, the place he additionally wanted two flop pictures to achieve the inexperienced however then took three putts for a triple-bogey.
Whereas Scott bounced proper again with an 18-foot birdie putt on the sixth, McIlroy made a bogey and by no means actually recovered.
“Positively the hardest day of the week,” mentioned McIlroy, who regained the world primary rating final Monday for the primary time since 2015. “The wind was up, gap areas have been type of difficult spots, the course was firming up once more. Everybody was discovering it robust on the market.”
Scott gave himself a little bit of respiration room with a 12-foot birdie on the 13th, however for him the shot of the day was a flop shot at 15, the place he restricted the injury to a bogey after his strategy was plugged in a greenside bunker and he blasted out via the inexperienced.
“I used to be in a horrible place then,” Scott mentioned. “I stood there and I needed to possibly bump it into the perimeter, however realistically it was going to be 45 toes previous in all probability.
“I believed, properly, you’ll be able to possibly win the event when you hit a fantastic flop shot right here, so I believed I’d as properly simply go for it.”
Scott rolled in an 11-foot birdie putt at 17 to push his lead again to 2 strokes, and he closed with a par to hoist the trophy at Riviera for a second time.
He got here out on prime in a playoff in 2005, however because the rain-soaked occasion was shortened to 36 holes he wasn’t credited with a US PGA Tour victory.
However this “W” goes within the books because the 2013 Masters champion’s 14th US tour title.
– ‘vital step’ –
That goes together with 14 worldwide victories — most not too long ago on the Australian PGA Championship in December, the place Scott ended a close to four-year title drought.
“This is a vital step for no matter this subsequent few years is in my profession,” the 39-year-old mentioned. “It may positively be used for momentum.”
McIlroy mentioned that other than his lapse on the fifth he performed “fairly properly.
“Performed the opposite holes in one-under,” famous the Northern Eire star, who headlined a gaggle of 5 gamers sharing fifth place on eight-under 276, the place he was joined by Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Individuals Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa and Joel Dahmen.
Woods’s day may hardly have gone worse. Already 15 off the tempo to start out the day, the 15-time main champion dropped 5 pictures in his final six holes as he stumbled dwelling with a six-over-par 77.
Total Woods had seven bogeys and a double-bogey with one birdie and an eagle on the best way to an 11-over par complete of 295 — 68th and final of the 68 gamers to make the minimize.
“I didn’t do a lot properly at the moment,” mentioned Woods, whose lone birdie of the day at 17 got here when he holed out from a bunker — after failing to get out of the identical bunker on his first try.
“Excellent news, I hit each ball ahead, not backwards — a pair sideways.”
Woods went into the week gunning for a record-setting 83rd US PGA Tour title, having matched Sam Snead’s report of 82 on the Zozo Championship in October.
However he got here up empty for the 13th time on the course the place he performed his first PGA Tour occasion as a 16-year-old.