Scott wins by two strokes at Riviera and this time it is official
Los Angeles — Fifteen years after his first victory at Riviera, Adam Scott won the Genesis Open in Los Angeles on Sunday, and this time his victory is official.
The Australian, a former Masters champion, overcame an early double-bogey to shoot one-under-par 70 and triumph by two shots over South Korean Sung Kang and Americans Matt Kuchar and Scott Brown.
Rory McIlroy, who started the final round tied for the lead with Scott and Kuchar, was not a factor after a triple-bogey at the same fifth hole that Scott bungled.
McIlroy tied for fifth, three shots behind Scott, while tournament host Tiger Woods finished last among those who made the cut, a whopping 22 strokes behind at a tournament he has never won.
The victory was extra special for former world No 1 Scott, who had not triumphed on the PGA Tour for nearly four years as he tried to juggle his career with becoming a father of two.
“Everyone tells me I’m turning 40 this year. I don’t know if they’re insinuating that’s the beginning of the end,” he told reporters. “I’m lucky at the moment. I’m very healthy as far as a golfing 39-year-old goes.
“My career is in a good spot I guess. Even before winning this week, I feel physically and somewhat mentally I’m OK after 20 years out here.”
Scott all but clinched victory when he sank a 10-foot birdie at the penultimate hole, and he parred the last to finish at 11-under 273 for his 14th official PGA Tour victory, a total that includes the 2013 Masters at Augusta National.
The total does not include his 36-hole result at Riviera in 2005, which was deemed unofficial after rain cut the tournament in half, though he still has the trophy at home.
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