Adam Scott can only smile on his way to second place in San Diego. Image: Getty
Adam Scott placed himself in the box after a dry period with his second place in the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines.
Scott, the 38-year-old Australian, has not won since March 2016.
His high end behind world number 1 Justin Rose places him again in the top 30 of the world.
Although he needed only 28 putts per day in San Diego, Scott said the return of his superior driving style was just as important.
"Putting was not the problem for me anyway, it was my way of driving and that was getting better," he said.
"I like to see that, because that's really the power of my game, and if you take that away, it makes the game pretty hard for you when your power does not happen." I like the way I used the club in general this week. putter change was a pretty good experiment this week, it worked well. Certainly something to build on.
"Look what happened the next time I come out, see if it feels just right." Yes, I learned a lot with this style of bringing this week and it was quite a big adjustment, I must say, and I made some mistakes out there, but hopefully – it all looks positive and I like that .. Twenty-eight putts four consecutive days are probably the best I've ever done. & # 39;
Scott played in the final group next to Scott and placed 21-under to win as the best player in the world.
Jon Rahm from Spain moved into a shot on the last day, but Rose retired.
He ended two shots for Scott.
It was a good day for Australians, with Jason Day driving home with a 67 who left fifth, and fellow Queenslander Cameron Smith crowned a 65 to jump into the top 10.
Meanwhile, Lucas Herbert was number one in the seventh run at the Dubai Masters in Dubai and closed with a 69. American Bryson DeChambeau dominated the event and finished seven shots for the next player.
But Herbert picked up a handy 66,000 euros and showed that his form from 2018 is still there, while Steven Scrivener in Perth also ended a shared seventh.