Genesis Invitational Recap: Scott Wins at Riviera

Genesis Invitational Recap: Scott Wins at Riviera

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

When thinking of the past 20 years in golf, there are far bigger names than Adam Scott. But he's accomplished more than maybe many people think. He hasn't been the best golfer or even close. He has just one major. But the total body of work is very impressive. And just when it seemed that this certain Hall of Famer's career was in permanent disrepair, he has found the proverbial second act, which often is what the great ones do.

Exactly five months before turning 40, Scott spent a sunny Sunday at Riviera deftly stiff-arming world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and almost a dozen others on his heels to capture the Genesis Invitational by two strokes. It was his first start of 2020 after almost a two-month break, which began right after he won his final start of 2019 at the Australian PGA Championship.

Scott shot a 1-under 70 at his self-described favorite course on Tour, which doesn't sound like much until you know that the best round of this treacherous day was 3-under. Final-group partners McIlroy and Matt Kuchar couldn't break par. And even on Scott's one really bad hole all day, a double-bogey on No. 5, he still bettered McIlroy's triple. There wasn't one player in the field who had a clean card on Sunday.

Before these back-to-back titles, the former world No. 1 had gone close to four years without a worldwide win and for a short while tumbled outside the top-75. This period overlapped with Scott

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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