Scott wins the first PGA Tour event since 2016, while McIlroy finishes fifth

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Victory was Adam Scott's 14th on the PGA Tour and his first since 2016 Genesis Invitational last leaderboard-11 A Scott (Aus); -9 S Brown (US), K Sung-hoon (Kor), M Kuchar (US); -8 H Matsuyama (Jpn), R McIlroy (NI), J Dahmen (USA), B DeChambeau (USA), M Homa (USA) Selected others: -7 D Johnson (USA); -5 J Rahm (Spa); -2 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -1 S Garcia (Spa), P Casey (Eng); E M Laird (Sco), B Koepka (USA); +3 J Rose (Eng); +11 T Woods (USA) Full scoreboard

Australian Adam Scott won the Genesis Invitational as world number one Rory McIlroy fell three shots off the pace.

The Northern Irish stood on a draw for the lead on the way to the final round in Riviera, but a two-over 73 saw him finish at eight under par.

Scott played a one – under par 70 to win with two hits from South Korean Sung-hoon Kang and Americans Matt Kuchar and Scott Brown.

Tiger Woods finished 22 shots back, the last of those who made the cut.

"It's a very special win this week," said former number one Scott, 39. "They don't come easy for me these days, so I'm going to enjoy this one.

" It's a great way to start [2020]. This must be my year. I can't afford to let the next 10 years slip away. I have to let it happen now. "

The victory marked Scott & # 39; s first PGA Tour title since 2016, but he had to overcome a double bogey on the par-four fifth, the same hole where McIlroy hit a triple bogey.

He followed that with three birdies, all but sealing the win with a 10 foot on the penultimate hole, before he parried the last to end up at 11.

But McIlroy never recovered from his slip-up, bogeying two more holes to finish fifth.

"Absolutely the most difficult day of the week," said the 30-year-old world number one.

"The wind rose , hole locations were a bit tricky places, the job became stronger again. Everyone found it hard there. "

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