This time there is no asterisk for Adam Scott on the Riviera, a place he calls his favorite golf course.
The 39-year-old Australian had no doubt on Sunday when he stormed to the Genesis Invitational win, his first PGA Tour win since the 2016 Golf World Cup in Doral. It was the 14th title in his career.
Scott had let that title come to him. Fifteen years ago he won the event and then called the Nissan Open, but it was spoiled because thanks to the terrible weather, it only took two laps and wasn't considered an official PGA Tour win.
In 2005, Scott and Chad Campbell were tied after 36 holes at 9-Under and scored the result in a one-hole playoff on the wet 18th hole the following Monday. He received the $ 864,000 check, but no official credit for the win.
"You win and you are told that it is not a win," Scott joked on Saturday. "It was still fun … fun to take a trophy home and be a bit of a champion here. All of this is just a little bit of motivation for me to win [Sunday] and have an official win on the Riviera and the Genesis Open. That would be extremely satisfying for me. "
After Sunday, when he defeated Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar, with whom he was responsible for the lead in the final round, there was no "kind" for Scott, whose world rankings rose to 7th with the win.
"It's amazing," said Scott. "I've loved this place since day 1. It was tough out there today. I love it. It's a big step for me."
It was a tough Sunday for many of the best players in the world, including tournament director Tiger Woods, who finished 11th out of the 68 players who made the cut.
"Well, I didn't do much well today," said Woods. "Good news, I hit every ball forward and not backwards, a few sideways. But overall I'm done. "
McIlroy, who shared the 54-hole lead with Scott at 10-under along with Kuchar, shot a 2-over 73 and damned his chances of being fifth with a triple bogey.
"It was definitely the hardest day of the week," said McIlroy. “The wind was blowing and the hole positions were in difficult places. I honestly didn't expect it to be as difficult as it was, but everyone found it difficult out there. Adam held up well in the end. The birdie at 17 sealed the deal for him. "
Indeed, when Scott birded the 17th hole with par 5, he was given a two-shot pillow that led to the last hole he would parry.
Second came Sung Kang, Scott Brown and Kuchar, who had at least a share of the lead in all three rounds on Sunday and posted a disappointing 1:72 win on Sunday.
"It was a tough day out there," said Kuchar.
For everyone except Adam Scott.