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

02:10  17 february  2020
02:10  17 february  2020 Source:   golfweek.com

Why hasn't Tiger Woods won at Riviera? There are a few reasons

  Why hasn't Tiger Woods won at Riviera? There are a few reasons Tiger Woods is o for his career at Riviera Country Club. Why can't he win at the famed layout? There are a handful of reasons.To turn fantasy into reality, however, Woods will have to conquer what has proven to be the most vexing challenge of his career.

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

After three days of intense, tough golf at the 2020 Genesis Invitational, three players with a combined 40 wins Adam Scott , Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar -- getting it done in totally different ways -- all sit at 10-under 203 after Saturday' s festivities. Meanwhile, Kuchar saved a back nine that was starting to fade with a long birdie on No. 17 to Big Cat' s 73 was a big disappointment on Friday at Riviera .

Adam Scott’s reaction to a made 10-footer for birdie on the 17th green said it all. It was a colossal putt that finally granted the Aussie some breathing room atop a leaderboard packed with golf’s best players. He pumped his first on the way to the hole then proceeded to laser a drive down the par-4 18th on his way to a closing par and the rest is history.

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Scott 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.

Adam Scott surges at Riviera; Woods stumbles in record bid

  Adam Scott surges at Riviera; Woods stumbles in record bid 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. 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. ScottJust 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.

Adam Scott , The Canadian Press. LOS ANGELES — Matt Kuchar made a mess of the easiest hole at Riviera . “I've hit a couple loose shots here and there, but I'm thinking my way around the golf course and that' s what this place is all about. Scott has a trophy from Riviera , just not an official victory.

Adam Scott claimed a two-stroke victory at the Genesis Invitational, as Rory McIlroy’ s challenge faded on the final day in California. Scott recovered from dropping three shots in a two-hole stretch early in his round to post a one-under 70 at Riviera Country Club and secure a first PGA Tour victory since

Scott, who had said after the third round that he felt comfortable on Riviera’s tricky greens and that it gave him an advantage, fired a final-round 70 to finish at 11 under.

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By the end of the day, Sung Kang, Scott Brown and Kuchar were Scott’s biggest challengers. All three men tied for second at 9 under.

A five-man tie for fifth included McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa and Joel Dahmen.

Riviera’s history is deep, having hosted everything from a U.S. Open to the PGA Championship to the NCAA Championship. Scott adds his name to a long list of distinguished champions.

“It’s amazing,” Scott told CBS immediately after play. “I’ve loved this place form day one and it was tough out there today but the crowd is incredible. I feel like they’re on my side here, believe it or not, and I’m stoked for this.”

Woods to skip first World Golf Championship of the year

  Woods to skip first World Golf Championship of the year LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods is among four players from the top 10 who are skipping the Mexico Championship next week, a World Golf Championships event with no cut and a $10.5 million purse. Woods, who tied for 10th last year at Chapultepec Golf Club but was never in serious contention, did not offer a reason and was vague when asked about his schedule this week. He shot 73 in the morning at the Genesis Invitational, where he is the tournament host.“I've been so busy with this event and trying to deal with all the little things that I haven't really focused on next week,” Woods said.Brooks Koepka is skipping for the second time in three years, the first time by choice.

Watch the weekend action at the Riviera Country Club live on Sky Sports Golf . Third round coverage begins Saturday at 6pm. The top shots and best moments from the second day at Riviera Country Club, where Rory McIlroy kept the pressure on leader Matt Kuchar as Tiger Woods slipped nine shots

Adam Scott plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the Genesis Invitational on After shooting 2-under on the front nine to open his second round, Scott shifted his game into high Dustin Johnson, who won big at Riviera three years ago, bounced back from his opening 72 with a

For the 39-year-old, the Genesis Invitational amounted to PGA Tour title No. 14 and his first since winning the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship.

“It’s a big step for both,” said when asked what the Genesis title meant both personally and professionally. “Whatever point in my career I’m at and I hadn’t won for three years? And this feels very special. Thank you to my crew and my family.”

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