The Genesis Invitational R4

Scott claims victory after McIlroy's challenge peters out

February 13-16
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, California
$9,300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Adam Scott started his 2020 campaign in the same way as he finished 2019’s, with victory in the Genesis Invitational as Rory McIlroy’s title challenge petered out at Riviera.

The Genesis Invitational R4 - Scott claims victory
Adam Scott poses with his trophy at Riviera Country Clubs. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Scott, who won the Australian PGA Championship three days before Christmas, overcame dropping three shots in two holes on the front nine to card a closing 70 and finish 11 under par, two shots ahead of Sung Kang, Scott Brown and Matt Kuchar.

McIlroy began the day tied for the lead with Scott and Kuchar but ran up a triple-bogey seven on the fifth on his way to a disappointing 73 to finish joint fifth in his first week as world number one since September 2015.


Scott made the ideal start to the final round with birdies on the first and third, but bogeyed the fourth and then took six on the next after missing the green with his approach and needing two attempts to find the putting surface.

McIlroy did likewise but compounded the error by three-putting from 20 feet and – although he birdied the par-five 11th to remain in contention – a bogey on the 13th to Scott’s birdie effectively ended his chances.


Scott gave the chasing pack hope when his approach to the 15th plugged in a greenside bunker and led to a bogey, but a superb pitch to the par-five 17th set up a decisive birdie from 10 feet.

“This is incredibly satisfying, it’s a place I’ve loved for many years and played well at a lot of times and to get an official victory here among one of the best fields we’ll have this year feels very, very good,” Scott, who won the title in 2005 when the tournament was reduced to 36 holes, told Sky Sports.

“It was a tough day but this is a tough course and when the pressure’s on and it’s a little windy, (being) out of position isn’t good and I got myself out of position a couple of times, but there was enough good stuff in there to make up for it.”

Tournament host Tiger Woods carded a closing 77 to finish last of the players who made the cut for just the second time in his career.

“The good news is I hit every ball forward. A couple sideways,” Woods joked to reporters afterwards.


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Adam Scott
AUS
-11
72
64
67
70
273
T2
Matt Kuchar
USA
-9
64
69
70
72
275
T2
Scott Brown
USA
-9
71
68
68
68
275
T2
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-9
69
67
70
69
275
T5
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-8
68
70
69
69
276
T5
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-8
71
72
64
69
276
T5
Joel Dahmen
USA
-8
68
71
66
71
276
T5
Max Homa
USA
-8
72
69
65
70
276
T5
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
68
67
68
73
276
T10
Chez Reavie
USA
-7
69
68
71
69
277
T10
Dustin Johnson
USA
-7
72
66
67
72
277
T10
Talor Gooch
USA
-7
70
72
64
71
277
T13
Harold Varner III
USA
-6
67
68
69
74
278
T13
James Hahn
USA
-6
68
70
70
70
278
T13
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-6
67
73
69
69
278
T13
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-6
69
67
74
68
278
T17
Jon Rahm
ESP
-5
70
68
69
72
279
T17
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-5
68
72
71
68
279
T17
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
68
69
72
70
279
T17
Russell Henley
USA
-5
67
69
68
75
279
T17
Scott Piercy
USA
-5
70
69
70
70
279
T17
Wyndham Clark
USA
-5
67
68
72
72
279
T23
Brian Stuard
USA
-4
72
68
69
71
280
T23
Sam Burns
USA
-4
73
68
69
70
280
T23
Xander Schauffele
USA
-4
72
70
69
69
280
T26
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-3
71
71
69
70
281
T26
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-3
68
70
71
72
281
T26
Collin Morikawa
USA
-3
73
67
68
73
281
T26
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-3
69
69
70
73
281
T30
Cameron Tringale
USA
-2
74
69
67
72
282
T30
J. T. Poston
USA
-2
69
72
70
71
282
T30
Luke List
USA
-2
71
68
68
75
282
T30
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
71
70
68
73
282
T30
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-2
71
71
70
70
282
T30
Ryan Moore
USA
-2
71
71
69
71
282
T30
Scottie Scheffler
USA
-2
69
72
71
70
282
T37
Andrew Landry
USA
-1
68
72
70
73
283
T37
Denny McCarthy
USA
-1
69
72
70
72
283
T37
Lanto Griffin
USA
-1
71
70
69
73
283
T37
Paul Casey
ENG
-1
69
69
70
75
283
T37
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-1
70
70
71
72
283
T37
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-1
69
69
72
73
283
T43
Abraham Ancer
USA
Par
76
67
70
71
284
T43
Brooks Koepka
USA
Par
69
73
68
74
284
T43
Marc Leishman
AUS
Par
70
72
68
74
284
T43
Martin Laird
SCO
Par
71
71
70
72
284
T47
Adam Schenk
USA
1
67
73
71
74
285
T47
Brian Harman
USA
1
70
69
74
72
285
T47
Martin Trainer
USA
1
72
71
68
74
285
T47
Pat Perez
USA
1
73
70
69
73
285
T51
Bud Cauley
USA
2
74
69
70
73
286
T51
J. B. Holmes
USA
2
69
69
76
72
286
T51
Joseph Bramlett
USA
2
74
69
68
75
286
T51
Patrick Reed
USA
2
68
73
71
74
286
T51
Tony Finau
USA
2
72
71
71
72
286
T56
Brendon Todd
USA
3
73
70
71
73
287
T56
Justin Rose
ENG
3
69
69
74
75
287
T56
Steve Stricker
USA
3
72
71
71
73
287
T59
Alexander Noren
SWE
4
71
70
72
75
288
T59
Charles Howell III
USA
4
77
66
75
70
288
T59
Jordan Spieth
USA
4
72
70
70
76
288
T59
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
4
72
68
74
74
288
63
J. J. Spaun
USA
6
73
69
73
75
290
T64
Jason Dufner
USA
8
75
68
76
73
292
T64
Kyle Stanley
USA
8
71
70
78
73
292
T64
Tyler Duncan
USA
8
73
69
79
71
292
67
Ryan Palmer
USA
10
71
70
81
72
294
68
Tiger Woods
USA
11
69
73
76
77
295
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
2
71
73
144
CUT
Adam Long
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
2
73
71
144
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Jason Day
AUS
2
68
76
144
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
2
75
69
144
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
72
72
144
CUT
Nick Taylor
CAN
2
71
73
144
CUT
Russell Knox
SCO
2
74
70
144
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
2
69
75
144
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
2
71
73
144
CUT
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
2
69
75
144
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
3
70
75
145
CUT
Danny Lee
NZL
3
72
73
145
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
3
71
74
145
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Jason Kokrak
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Justin Thomas
USA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Kevin Chappell
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Michael Thompson
USA
3
69
76
145
CUT
Nick Watney
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Brian Gay
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
74
72
146
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Jimmy Walker
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Peter Malnati
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
5
72
75
147
CUT
Kevin Na
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Matthew Wolff
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Nate Lashley
USA
5
76
71
147
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Cameron Champ
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
7
72
77
149
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
7
79
70
149
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Francesco Molinari
ITA
8
75
75
150
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
8
74
76
150
CUT
Sean Yu
TWN
9
78
73
151
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
10
80
72
152
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