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Monday, February 17, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 Genesis Invitational

Winner: Adam Scott

Around the wider world of golf: Inbee Park got her 20th LPGA title at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; Scott Parel won the Chubb Classic for his third Champions Tour title; Andrew Novak won the LECOM Suncoast Classic for his first Korn Ferry Tour title; LET player Lejan Lewthwaite won the R600 000 Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am on the Sunshine Tour; and Michael Sim won the Coca-Cola QLD PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour.

Adam Scott with the Genesis trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks didn't do too bad at Riviera. I had Rory McIlroy (T5) and Tiger Woods (68), and Rory got me a T5. As for Tiger, those crazy greens did a number on him again this year. I really do think he'll eventually figure this place out but, even if he doesn't, he can at least console himself with the knowledge that Jack never won here either.
  • Top10s: 7 for 14 (3 Top5, 4 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 7 events
On the other hand, Adam Scott had won at Riviera before... although nobody gave him credit for it. His 2005 win at what used to be the Nissan Open was rain-shortened to 36 holes and thus not considered an official win. I'm sure that irritated him a bit; after all, it wasn't his fault that somebody left the water running waaaaay too long that year.

Well, he doesn't have to worry about that anymore. He's got an official Genesis Invitational title and all the perks that go with it.

It's easy to say that Adam isn't the best putter on Tour and that both Matt Kuchar and Rory McIlroy -- his co-leaders entering the final round -- probably should have beaten him. But Adam's record when he has a piece of the 54-hole lead is nearly as good as Rory's, and his iron play was the best of the best this week. On Sunday he was the only one of the three to post an under-par round.

And that was enough.

It was Adam's first PGA Tour win since 2016, but he won the Australian PGA Championship just a couple of months back. Maybe he's found something he thought he had lost; maybe you just can't keep a classy player down. At any rate, Adam picks up his second Limerick Summary in as many months. Who knows what 2020 may hold for him?
The first of Scott’s Genesis crowns
Did not count; the rain had come down
So hard, play was stopped.
But not this time! He topped
The whole field with four masterful rounds.
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