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Adam Scott bags Genesis Invitational by two

by Mo Yoshimoto
Updated On: February 17, 2020, 9:43 am ET

Genesis Invitational

Riviera Country Club

Pacific Palisades, California

Event Type: Invitational; 120-man field

Winner’s Share: $1,674,000 (up $342,000 from last year)


Playing out of the final threesome, overnight tri-leader and World No. 14 Adam Scott battled to a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in Sunday’s final round for a 72-hole tally of 11-under 273, good for a two-shot victory over runners-up Sung Kang (69), Scott Brown (68), and overnight tri-leader and playing competitor Matt Kuchar (72).

The Aussie, a pre-tourney 28/1 outright, bags his 14th PGA TOUR title in 325 events, first since a come-from-behind win at the 2016 WGC-Cadillac (Doral) 3 years, 11 months and 74 starts ago.

He checked in off a two-shot win at the co-sanctioned Australian PGA Championship eight weeks ago (what rust?), his 14th international victory.

Quick Summary: World No. 14 won his 14th TOUR title and arrived off his 14th international victory. No way I saw that in advance.

What you could see in advance:

Riviera CC is Scott’s favorite course on TOUR.

2018: Scott was grouped the first two rounds with eventual champ Bubba Watson.

2017: Scott was grouped the first two rounds with eventual champ Dustin Johnson.

Last year, he was a 36-hole leader (66-65) and was T2 (four back) after 54 holes (69), before 5-over 76 out of the final threesome for T7. #Payback

Final Leaderboard (DraftKings pre-tourney odds outright):

1- (-11, 273) Adam Scott (28/1)

2- (-9, 275) Sung Kang (250/1)

2- (-9, 275) Scott Brown (600/1)

2- (-9, 275) Matt Kuchar (50/1)

5- (-8, 276) Hideki Matsuyama (25/1)

5- (-8, 276) Bryson DeChambeau (60/1)

5- (-8, 276) Max Homa (110/1)

5- (-8, 276) Joel Dahmen (250/1)

5- (-8, 276) Rory McIlroy (15/2)

Note: Consecutive top-10 finishes in the event: Scott (1-7); Matsuyama (5-9); McIlroy (4-5); Dustin Johnson (10-9).

Back in December, Scott went 2-2-1 in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne (Australia) in a losing effort, including a disappointing 2-and-1 loss to Xander Schauffele in Sunday Singles.

The following week, he won the Aussie PGA.

I faded Scott this week because he hadn’t competed (anywhere) since December. Mistake.

What I’m learning is long layoffs don’t seem to matter to elite-level players.

Earlier this season, Tiger Woods won the ZOZO after a nine-week layoff.

Speaking of Woods, the Genesis host, he ended with a day-worst 77 to finish 68th (last) on 11-over 295 (69-73-76-77), 22 shots back of Scott.

Scott, 39, is the third Aussie in the calendar year to win on TOUR, joining Cameron Smith (Sony) and Marc Leishman (Farmers), and Presidents Cup participants from December have now won five of seven events since the calendar flipped to 2020.

He’s the first international winner of the Genesis since 2011, won by fellow Aussie Aaron Baddeley.

Aussies and Presidents Cup. Got it.

Scott’s Position by Round:

R1: T65 (7 back)

R2: T5 (3 back)

R3: T1


Leader/co-leaders by Round:

R1: Matt Kuchar (finished: T2): Drops to 2-for-11 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

R2: Matt Kuchar (T2): Drops to 3-for-15 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

R3: Adam Scott (Won): Improves to 8-for-12 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

R3: Matt Kuchar (T2): Drops to 4-for-10

R3: Rory McIlroy (T5): Drops to 8-for-14

The last time Scott led/co-led after 54 holes was the 2016 Honda Classic, 72 (individual stroke-play) starts ago, which he won.

The following week, he went back-to-back at the 2016 WGC-Cadillac at Doral (as the 36-hole leader).

So, let’s see: Scott won the Honda and then won a WGC the following week. This time, he’s won the Aussie PGA, the Genesis, and is the published field at this coming week’s WGC in Mexico.

Scott didn’t play the WGC-Mexico last year; didn’t qualify in 2018 (World No. 56); and finished T45 in the event’s debut in Mexico in 2017. The year prior, he won the event’s final edition at Doral.

Scott on Sunday:

After opening with 72, day-low (and week-tying-low) 64 and 67, Scott co-led with Kuchar, and recently minted World No. 1 McIlroy.

He hit five (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 1.145 strokes around-the-green but gaining 0.710 off-the-tee and 0.411 on approach.

In Scott’s last win at Doral in 2016, he ate two, first-nine doubles at holes 3 and 5, but rebounded with six birdies over his final 13 holes to win by one.

Sunday, he birdied two of his first three, then rebounded from a bogey, double bogey-6 hiccup at 4 and 5, with three birdies against one bogey the rest of the way.

Scott posted 1.667 putts per GIR and 2.025 SG: Putting with 28 total putts, converting four scoring chances from between 10 and 27 feet, and also saved par at 12 from 10’1”.

For the week, he totaled 21 birdies, T1 in that stat, against eight bogeys and one double.

OUT: even-par 35 (3 birdies, 1 bogey, 1 double); Co-leads w/ Varner III, Kuchar

IN: 1-under 35 (2 birdies, 1 bogey); WINS by 2 (over Kang, Brown, Kuchar)

How Scott Won the Tournament:

Ranked 1st (or T1) in: Total Birdies; Birdie to Bogey Ratio; GIR

Ranked 2nd(or T2) in: Birdie or Better Percentage

Note: See “Leaders in Strokes Gained stats” at the bottom, along with his full stats.

Lowest-Ranked Stat(s): Driving Accuracy (T63); Scrambling (46th); Total Putts (T43); Par-5 Scoring (T37)

Scott’s TOUR Career:

Starts: 325

Cuts Made: 268 (82.4%)

Top 25s: 166 (51.0%)

Top 10s: 98 (30.1%)

Top 3s: 38 (11.6%)

Wins: 14 (4.3%)


Wins by Season (in the FedExCup era):

2020: 1

2019: --

2018: --

2017: --

2016: 2

2015: --

2014: 1

2013: 2

2012: --

2011: 1

2010: 1

2009: --

2008: 1

2007: 1


Scott at Genesis:

Starts: 12

Cuts Made: 11

Top 25s: 9

Top 10s: 6

Top 3: 4

Wins: 1


Genesis Form: 1-7-53-11-2-10-17-MC-14-69-2

Note: Scott was the unofficial winner on debut in 2005 (rain-shortened to 36 holes).


Scott’s Season:

Starts: 5

Cuts Made: 5

Top 25s: 3

Top 10s: 1

Wins: 1

Season Form: 1-11-33-42-17

Note: Previous best was T11 at WGC-HSBC, T3 after 36 holes (66-69-75-67).

Strength of Field:

With a Strength of Field rating of 647 (up 105 from last season), Scott banks 70.00 world-ranking points and 500 FedExCup points:

OWGR: From 14 to 7 (up 7)

FEC: From 108 to 16 (up 92)

By the Numbers:

7/2: Scott’s revised outright betting entering R4.

2017: Scott is back in the OWGR Top 10 for the first time since 9th after the 2017 PLAYERS.

5: Scott, 39, is the fifth straight winner this season in their 30s.

2: Through 18 (non-team) events this season, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won two times: McIlroy (6/1) at WGC-HSBC, and Justin Thomas (13/2) at THE CJ CUP. Last season, two fave/co-faves won (in 45 non-team events): McIlroy (12/1 co-fave) at THE PLAYERS, and Collin Morikawa at the opposite-field Barracuda (10/1).

15/2: World No. 1 McIlroy, a pre-tourney 15/2 fave outright, fell four spots to T5 after a Sunday 73 out of the final threesome, lowlighted by a triple bogey-7 at five (3-putt from 19’8”), and a -2.106 SG: Putting. The T5 is his fifth straight top-5 finish dating to last season’s win at the TOUR Championship.

1: With the field reduced by 24 (144 to 120), only one TOUR rookie got in and that was via a sponsor exemption. By default, Scottie Scheffler takes top-rookie honors with a T30 (69-72-71-70) in his second appearance. He MC in 2018 as amateur (Collegiate Showcase winner).

15: Oregon alum Wyndham Clark was the top debutant of 15 first-timers at Riviera (and the only top-25 finisher) with a T17 (67-68-72-72). He checked in off a T18 last week at Pebble Beach.

Field Scoring Average:

This was the 94th playing of the Genesis and 55th edition at Riviera CC (21st consecutive).

R1: 71.408

R2: 71.167

R3: 70.397

R4: 72.000

Total: 71.255

Adam Scott: 72-64-67-70

SG: Total: 11.972


A total of 68 pros from a field of 119 pros and 1 amateur made the 36-hole cut of 1-over 143:

31 (of 60) EARLY/late

37 (of 60) LATE/early


Top 10s:


EARLY/late (6):

Scott Brown (T2); Matt Kuchar (T2); Hideki Matsuyama (T5); Bryson DeChambeau (T5); Rory McIlroy (T5); Dustin Johnson (T10)

LATE/early (6):

Adam Scott (Won); Sung Kang (T2); Max Homa (T5); Joel Dahmen (T5); Chez Reavie (T10); Talor Gooch (T10)

Note: Scott is the third straight LATE/early winner of the Genesis.



10 (of 18) tourneys so far this season with a traditional draw:



EARLY/late: 7

LATE/early: 3 (Scott)

Low Rounds:

R1: 64: Matt Kuchar

R2: 64: Adam Scott

R3: 64: Talor Gooch, Hideki Matsuyama

R4: 68: Scott Brown, Vaughn Taylor, Patrick Cantlay


Bogey-free Rounds:

R1: (5): Matt Kuchar (64); Kyoung-Hoon Lee (67); Russell Henley (67); Joel Dahmen (68); Marc Leishman (70)

R2: (2): Adam Scott (64); Abraham Ancer (67)

R3: (1): Cameron Tringale (67)

R4: (0): NONE


Multiple Bogey-free Rounds:



Season Winners:

6 winners were in their 20s

11 were in their 30s (Scott age: 39)

1 was in their 40s

Season Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:

4: Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, Byeong Hun An, Scottie Scheffler, Harris English

3: Max Homa, Hideki Matsuyama, Joel Dahmen, Lanto Griffin, Tony Finau, Mark Hubbard, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Tom Hoge, Patrick Reed, Abraham Ancer, Sungjae Im, Xander Schauffele, Gary Woodland, Sebastian Munoz, Brendon Todd, Denny McCarthy, Carlos Ortiz


Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:

5: Rory McIlroy (5-3-P1-3-1)

4: Webb Simpson (P1-3-P2-7)


Consecutive Top-10 Streak Ended at:

3: Jon Rahm (17-9-2-10)

2: Tony Finau (51-P2-6)

2: Bubba Watson (MC-3-6)

2: Tiger Woods (68-9-1)

Scott’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 68 players):

Birdies: 21 (T1)

Bogeys: 8 (T6)

Double Bogeys: 1 (T29)

Birdie or Better: 29.17% (2nd)

Birdie to Bogey Ratio: 2.33 (1st)

Par-3 Scoring: 2.94 (T8)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.89 (3rd)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.58 (T37)

Driving Distance (all drives): 300.0 yards (8th)

Driving Accuracy: 23/56 (T63) at 41.07%

GIR: 52/72 (1st) at 72.22%

Proximity to Hole: 38’5” (T18)

Putts per GIR: 1.692 (T15)

Total Putts: 114 (T43)

Putts by Round: 31-26-29-28

Scrambling: 12/20 (46th) at 60.00%

All-Around: (12th)

Leaders in Strokes Gained:

SG: Off-the-Tee

1. Hideki Matsuyama (4.445)

2. Sam Burns (3.890)

3. Bryson DeChambeau (3.779)

4. Sergio Garcia (3.647)

5. Talor Gooch (3.259)

17. Adam Scott (1.840)


SG: Approach-the-Green

1. Sung Kang (8.500)

2. Collin Morikawa (6.337)

3. Adam Scott (6.250)

4. Cameron Tringale (5.701)

5. Paul Casey (5.646)


SG: Around-the-Green

1. Chez Reavie (6.129)

2. Hideki Matsuyama (6.021)

3. Jordan Spieth (5.028)

4. Russell Henley (4.843)

5. James Hahn (3.946)

17. Adam Scott (2.265)


SG: Putting

1. Denny McCarthy (10.874)

2. Matt Kuchar (9.524)

3. Kyoung-Hoon Lee (8.226)

4. Scott Brown (7.051)

5. Jon Rahm (6.426)

27. Adam Scott (1.615)


SG: Tee-to-Green

1. Hideki Matsuyama (12.436)

2. Bryson DeChambeau (10.564)

3. Adam Scott (10.356)

4. Rory McIlroy (9.024)

5. Patrick Cantlay (7.308)