There were five Aussie professional golfers in the just completed Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.
Three of those, Jason Day, Cameron Smith and Matt Jones, played only 36 holes and were cut from the weekend play.
Marc Leishman made it through, but his score of even par over 72 holes was 11 behind the winner and good for a paltry $US 32,085.
The fifth Aussie in the field, however, was the one 11 shots better than Leishman.
It was Adam Scott, who had not won on the US PGA in nearly four years.
Scott won this same event in 2005, when like Day, Smith and Jones this year, played only 36 holes and was declared the winner when inclement weather prevented the tournament from going the full 72 holes.
Scott earned a healthy $US 1.674 million for the win, which came at a time when it seemed as though he was content with his professional golfing accomplishments and was no longer interested in the intense grind the pro game extracts from its players.
Scott proved to himself and others that he was still capable of producing the sort of focus and concentration winning requires.
He did much the same late in 2019 when he won the Australian PGA, but if anyone were wondering why the top Aussie pros flock to the northern hemisphere to compete, the entire prize pool for the Australian PGA was less than Scott’s prize for winning The Genesis Invitational.
This year’s tournament was not handed to Scott. He earned it while being closely pursued by formidable opponents, including his playing partner in the final round, World No. 1 Rory McIllroy.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar also threatened, but it was Scott who handled the devilishly difficult course, with its narrow fairways, granite greens and breezy conditions to prevail by two shots at the end over Scott Brown, Sung Kang and Kuchar.
Winning under pressure on a tough course makes us hopeful that Scott is in the sort of form he will need if he is to add a second green sports coat to his wardrobe at The Masters in April.