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By : BGA Proshop
In only what can be described as a great start to the 2020 PGA season for our Australian players, Adam Scott was the third Australian this year to claim victory, taking out the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club a tournament hosted by Tiger Woods.
First, it was Cameron Smith at the Sony Open in Hawaii, next it was Marc Leishman at the Farmers Insurance Open in California and now Scott at the Genesis Invitational.
Scott started the tied in the lead with Rory McIlroy and Matt Kucher, and they all got off to a decent start on Sunday with a birdie on the first hole. It was after that they ran into their own problems which brought the field into play. Scott birdied the 3rd but gave it straight back the next hole on the 4th. The 5th also proved challenging as he double-bogey the hole but can back on the 7th with another birdie and managed to go out even par.
Kucher had a solid outward nine with just a bogey on the 2nd and he managed to par his way out for an even 35 as well.
The 5th hole claimed McIlroy and probably ended the tournament for him as he had a triple bogey and backed that up with a bogey on the 6th and was knocked out of contention.
On the back nine two quick bogeys for Kucher on the 10th and 12th put him on the back foot having to chase down the leader. Scott birdied the 13th and extended his lead out to3 but he bogeyed the 15th and the lead was back down to 2.
Both Kucher and Scott traded birdies on the 17th hole giving Scott a 2 shot lead heading into the last hole. A two-putt par was all he needed to claim his 14th PGA Tour victory and his first since 2016.
"I'm stoked with this," Scott said. "It's a big step, whatever point in my career I'm at. I haven't won for three years. This feels very special."
This was a long time coming on the PGA TOUR, and it came on his favorite course on the PGA TOUR.