Adam Scott has ended a near four-year title drought on the US PGA Tour with a two-shot victory at the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles.
Scott began the final round of the event in a share of the lead and a Sunday 70 gave him an 11-under-par (273) total.
Sung Kang (69), Scott Brown (68) and Matt Kuchar (72) tied for second.
Scott's 14th title on the US Tour, and second at Riviera, puts him equal with Bruce Crampton with the third most by an Australian, behind Greg Norman (20) and Jim Ferrier (18).
The victory comes 15 years after Scott won a playoff at Riviera that didn't count as official because rain shortened the tournament to 36 holes.
He earned every bit of this victory, his 14th on the PGA Tour and 29th worldwide.
Nearly a dozen players had a chance to win. Five players had a share of the lead at some point.
Riviera was such a strong test that everyone made mistakes, including Scott.
He went long off the fifth green, had a flop shot come back to his feet, putted the next up the hill and made double bogey.
But he bounced back with a slick, scary 18-foot birdie putt on the par-3 sixth to regain a share of the lead, and he never trailed the rest of the way.
“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.”
It was his second-straight victory - he last played three days before Christmas and won the Australian PGA - and takes him back to the top 10 in the world for the first time in nearly three years.
Tiger Woods finishes last among cut-makers
Not only did the golfing great take over host duties for the tournament in Los Angeles that his own Tiger Woods Foundation organises, he also competed in a field brimming with talent.
The competition did not go well.
Woods narrowly skirted missing the cut at Riviera Country Club on Friday, but that led to a different kind of ignominy on Sunday.
Woods shot a rough 76 and 77 on Saturday and Sunday to finish +11 for the tournament, dead last among players that made the cut.
The low point came on Saturday, when Woods four-putted by missing multiple gimmes.
The second 4-putt in two weeks for Tiger.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 15, 2020
The last time he had multiple 4-putts in a season was 1998. pic.twitter.com/W4kEXpdWHG
There was also this adventure in the bunker on Sunday.
While unfortunate, Woods’ performance is also pretty understandable.
As most players were preparing during the early part of the week, Woods was organising the tournament’s Celebrity Cup, meeting with the media and attending other functions.
“Good news, I hit every ball forward, not backwards, a couple sideways,” Woods joked afterwards.
According to Golf Digest, Woods only got 10 minutes of early morning warm-up time before competing in the Wednesday pro-am, telling them “I haven’t had a whole lot of time to practice this week ... I’ve been a little bit busy.”
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