Adam Scott continued his resurgence by contending all the way until an extended Sunday but it was Marc Leishman who once again finished as the leading Aussie at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
In extremely difficult conditions for scoring, Victorian Marc Leishman made a major move on Sunday with rounds of 67 and 68 to climb into a tie for fourth at the Genesis Open, his fifth top-five finish in just seven starts this season.
Forced to play 36 holes in a day to complete the tournament, most players struggled to make up ground, however Leishman was able to climb two spots to finish three shots behind winner JB Holmes at 11-under par. Leishman is now fourth in the FedEx Cup standings.
Enjoying a share of the lead through 36 holes, Scott dropped to a tie for seventh with a final round of 5-over 76, lamenting a poor period with the driver and putter midway through his round.
“It was tough but I think I made the worst of it,” said Scott, who was runner-up at the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago.
“I had a stretch of holes, I don't know where it was from, the 8th to the 13th, and I had four to eight-footers and I missed every one of them on each hole.
“You're going to miss a few out there. We saw some four-putts and three-putts, but you can't miss every one for like six straight holes, so that was disappointing.
“But I got in that position because I just didn't hit the fairway enough, which was a shame because I've driven it good the last couple weeks and I just didn't drive it my best at the end today.”
Aaron Baddeley and Cameron Smith were the only other two Aussies to make the cut, finishing in a tie for 49th.
Cameron Percy and Rhein Gibson both remain within the top 25 on the Web.com Tour moneylist despite enjoying mixed results at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in Florida, won by American Mark Hubbard.
Producing a consistent week of scoring and the only Aussie to make the cut, Percy completed his four rounds in 10-under par to be tied for 35th and remain 16th on the moneylist.
Although he missed the cut on the number with rounds of 69-71, Gibson dropped just three spots to sit one position behind Percy in 17th on the year-long rankings.
Brett Coletta, Kiwi Tim Wilkinson and Brett Drewitt all missed the cut.
A final round of 4-under 67 propelled Victoria’s David McKenzie up 14 places and into a tie for 11th at the Champions Tour’s Chubb Classic in Florida.
Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez claimed the tournament in a playoff against Bernhard Langer and Olin Browne with McKenzie able to take plenty of confidence from his three rounds of 67-69-67.
His tie for 11th was his best finish on the Champions Tour since March last year when he was tied for third at the Rapiscan Systems Classic.
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