01 Feb 2021 | Professional golf |

Aussies On Tour: Feb 1

by Golf Australia

Aussies On Tour

Adam Scott’s affinity for the South Course at Torrey Pines could have positive US Open ramifications in June after the Queenslander finished tied for 10th at the Farmers Insurance Open in California.

Runner-up to Justin Rose in the same event two years ago, Scott’s memory of playing the first two rounds of the 2008 US Open alongside Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at Torrey ranks among the favourite memories of his wonderful career.

Thirteen years later Torrey Pines will crown another US Open champion on June 20 where Scott will seek to add to his 2013 US Masters triumph and win a second Major title.

In wet and cold conditions, Scott was just one shot off the lead through 36 holes but couldn’t keep pace over the course of the weekend, rounds of 72-73 relegating the 40-year-old to a tie for 10th, seven shots behind victor Patrick Reed.

Starting the final round just two shots off the lead, a wayward tee shot led to a bogey at the par-4 fourth but he very nearly picked up two shots in one go two holes later, his eagle putt from 28 feet just missing on the left side.

Dropped shots at seven, 11 and 12 effectively ruled Scott out of contention but he collected some more good memories to recount in June with birdies at 16 and 17 with putts of 12 and nine feet respectively.

Defending champion Marc Leishman completed a respectable title defence with a final round of 2-under 70 that should also serve as a handy US Open warm-up while Cameron Davis followed up his best career finish at The American Express with three sub-par rounds and a Sunday 73 to be tied for 32nd.

Like Leishman, Lucas Herbert was defending his 2020 European Tour breakthrough at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and like his fellow Victorian gave an excellent account of himself.

A Thursday 74 wasn’t how he’d hoped to begin but a second round of 6-under 66 featuring seven birdies ensured safe passage to the weekend where rounds of 72-71 resulted in a tie for 22nd.

South Australian Wade Ormsby finished level with Herbert thanks in part to an eagle at the par-5 13th on Sunday as Jason Scrivener backed up his runner-up finish at Abu Dhabi with a tie for 41st alongside Kiwi Ryan Fox.

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PGA TOUR

Farmers Insurance Open

Torrey Pines, California

Won by Patrick Reed at -14 by five shots

T10 Adam Scott, 67-69-72-73—281 T18 Marc Leishman, 71-70-72-70—283 T32 Cameron Davis, 70-71-71-73—285 T48 Cameron Percy, 71-72-73-72—288 T48 Matt Jones, 70-73-74-71—288 T53 Rhein Gibson, 66-76-73-74—289 MC Cameron Smith, 66-79—145 MC Aaron Baddeley, 75-73—148 MC Jason Day, 76-72—148 MC John Senden, 76-83—159

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EUROPEAN TOUR

Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Emirates Golf Club, Dubai

Won by Paul Casey at -17 by four shots

T22 Lucas Herbert, 74-66-72-71—283 T22 Wade Ormsby, 68-73-71-71—283 T41 Jason Scrivener, 75-69-70-72—286 MC Scott Hend, 69-76—145 MC Min Woo Lee, 75-75—150

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ISPS HANDA PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA

The Players Series Victoria hosted by Geoff Ogilvy

Rosebud Country Club, Victoria

Won by Brad Kennedy at -17 by one shot

1 Brad Kennedy, 69-68-62-68—267 2 Elvis Smylie (a), 75-67-63-63—268 T3 Su Oh, 73-65-67-65—270 T3 Nathan Barbieri, 61-74-66-69—270 T5 Bryden Macpherson, 69-69-67-66—271 T5 Matthew Millar, 71-69-65-66—271 T7 Terry Pilkadaris, 68-69-71-64—272 T7 Marcus Fraser, 71-66-67-68—272

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