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Sport Adam Scott surges at Riviera; Woods stumbles in record bid

02:15  15 february  2020
02:15  15 february  2020 Source:   ap.org

Adam Scott prevails at Riviera after outpacing golf's biggest names on back nine

  Adam Scott prevails at Riviera after outpacing golf's biggest names on back nine Adam Scott prevails at Riviera after outpacing golf's biggest names on back nineScott had begun the day tied with early-week leader Matt Kuchar and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy. After some early jostling, Scott emerged as the strongest player. Even two bogeys and a double couldn’t derail his Sunday, though granted, no other player made a strong push to take the title from him.

Justin Thomas eagled the first hole of the third round Saturday to open a one-shot lead over Adam Scott at the rain-hit Genesis Open, where Tiger Woods was surging as darkness halted play. Thomas and Australia's Scott shared the 36-hole lead on 11-under par after both completed six-under par 65s.

Tiger Woods finished his opening two rounds at Riviera just a shot inside the cut line and told reporters that his work on the greens in his first round was “as bad as a human can possibly putt,” but the 80-time PGA Tour winner finally came to life Saturday afternoon in the third round.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of fans gathered around Tiger Woods in the left rough to see if he could avoid yet another bogey Friday in a round that made a bid for his first victory at Riviera and the record 83rd of his PGA Tour career a lot tougher.

Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' final round at Genesis Invitational, shot-by-shot

  Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' final round at Genesis Invitational, shot-by-shot Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' final round at Genesis Invitational, shot-by-shotFlash-forward to 2020 and the 44-year-old Woods is now hosting his own Tour event, the Genesis Invitational. Despite his success on the West coast, Woods has never won at Riviera, and that trend will continue this weekend.

Jon Rahm and Justin Rose have been grouped together for the first two rounds in California. Groups and tee times for the second round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in California. USA unless stated, all times GMT. Starting at hole 1.

Golf: Adam Scott stole victory in the opening US PGA Tour play-off event on Sunday. Woods battled a bad back all week and went within a whisker of birdie on the last, Rose three-putted the final Scott finished well over an hour before the final pairings and figured his total wouldn't be enough, especially

Just beyond the green, hardly anyone noticed as Adam Scott faced a short par putt on No. 18 to complete a bogey-free round in the Genesis Invitational and match his best score ever at Riviera.

Scott returned from a two-month break with a 7-under 64 that left him one shot off the lead among the early starters in the second round. Woods lost three shots on two swings with a wedge in his hand and stumbled to a 73 that left him certain of making the cut, but little else.

“I made some pretty bad mistakes out there,” Wood said. “One ball in the fairway with wedge in my hand and another one with a sand wedge in my hand, and played those two holes in 3 over. Not very good.”

Harold Varner III put together five birdies in his round of 68 that gave him a one-shot lead over Scott, Sung Kang (67) and Vaughn Taylor (67) among those who had the advantage of morning conditions.

McIlroy, Kuchar, Scott share 54-hole lead at Genesis Invitational

  McIlroy, Kuchar, Scott share 54-hole lead at Genesis Invitational At 10 under for the week, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott share the 54-hole lead at the Genesis Invitational. Here’s where things stand through three days at Riviera, where tournament host Tiger Woods had a particularly difficult day on the greens: © Provided by Golf ChannelLeaderboard: Adam Scott (-10), Matt Kuchar (-10), Rory McIlroy (-10), Russell Henley (-9), Harold Varner III (-9), Joel Dahmen (-8), Dustin Johnson (-8) What it means: McIloy is the new No.

Steve Williams, Tiger Woods ’ erstwhile caddie who most recently looped for Adam Scott , is taking his skills to the LPGA Tour. Scott has worked with a couple of caddies this year and is reportedly in the market for a permanent looper, while Williams would like to handle the luggage for one more season

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Matt Kuchar, who opened with a 64 for a three-shot lead, and Rory McIlroy were among those playing in the afternoon.

Scott hasn't played since he won the Australian PGA Championship three days before Christmas. He is careful with his playing schedule, wanting to starve himself from competition so his motivation stays fresh. His game was slightly rusty in the opening round, and then he put it together Friday.

Along with his seven birdies — four in a five-hole stretch on the back nine as he was making the turn — he saved par all five times he had to scramble.

“You're never quite sure coming off eight weeks how it's going to feel, but I was really hitting the ball out of the middle of the club,” Scott said. “That gave me a bit of confidence to just kind of keep doing what I'm doing and it all fall into place rather than go in search for what I'm doing wrong.”

Woods didn't have to search long to figure out his errors.

Easy for Woods to find perspective even after finishing last

  Easy for Woods to find perspective even after finishing last LOS ANGELES (AP) — The red shirt. A late tee time on Sunday. All the ingredients were in place for Tiger Woods at Riviera except for the location. The closest he came to the leaders was when they were making birdie on the par-5 opening hole and Woods was 100 yards away — with a much larger following — as he was about to three-putt the par-5 11th for another bogey. The closest he got to the winner was on the 18th green to hand the Genesis Invitational trophy to Adam Scott, who held his nerve and holed all the right putts on a course so difficult no one could do better than 68.Woods finished 68th out of 68 players who made the cut.

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GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Adam Scott 's collapse in the final round at the British Open wasn't nearly as spectacular as it was a year ago. For the second year in a row Scott held the lead on the back nine; for the second year in a row he left without his name on the claret jug.

He started well enough with a smart choice to hit iron on the reachable par-4 10th because of the back right pin position, a wedge into about 12 feet and a birdie. And he was never in too much trouble. The 15th hole did not appear to present any problems, especially after Woods crushed a 335-yard drive to the middle of the fairway.

He hung his head immediately after a chunked pitching wedge that plugged into the bunker short of the green, leaving no shot to a front pin. He blasted that through the green, chipped back to 7 feet and missed putt for double bogey.

“I just hit it fat,” he said. “Honestly, I was just trying to cut a little wedge in there and get it up in the air.”

After two birdies on the par 5s around the turn — Nos. 17 and 1 — Woods gave away another shot with sand wedge from light rough into the front bunker on No. 3 for bogey. He bogeyed the par-3 fourth, and then he three-putted from about 50 feet up the slope on the par-3 sixth.

He was in the middle of the pack when he finished, and with glorious weather in store for the rest of the week, Woods faced a lot of players ahead of him while trying to make up ground on a course where it's tough to avoid mishaps.

Jon Rahm, one of three players who can reach No. 1 in the world this week, knows that feeling.

He popped up his 3-wood on the 10th hole to start his round and was so far right he stared toward the green before realizing he had nowhere to go. He purposely aimed well left of the green and ran it over the back. The idea was to make par, but hitting into the bunker behind the green wasn't part of the plan. It took a superb bunker shot for a bogey.

Rahm was steady the rest of the way for a 68 to stay in range,

It's a better spot than Justin Thomas, who won't get another crack at Riviera this year. Thomas opened with a 74 and never got anything going in the morning. He didn't make a birdie until his 16th hole and shot 71, missing the cut for the second time in his last three stars.

Woods figured he would be teeing off Saturday morning on the back nine.

“I'm so far back right now — about 40 guys ahead of me — I'm going to have to make some birdies this weekend,” he said.

Lynch: Far off the pace, Tiger Woods relegated to ceremonial role on the weekend .
Lynch: Far off the pace, Tiger Woods relegated to ceremonial role on the weekendThe 82-time winner on the PGA Tour has hoisted many a piece of silverware in such ceremonies, but this weekend he seems fated to again play the part of the man handing over the prize and not the one receiving it. Woods is far off the pace at Riviera Country Club after a second-round 73, a middling performance that ensured only that he’ll have two more rounds to help kill time before presiding over Sunday’s closing ceremony.

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