16 Feb 2020 | Professional golf |

Scott in sight of win at Riviera

by Martin Blake

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Adam Scott salutes the crowd after his birdie at 18 today. Photo: Getty

Adam Scott has played brilliantly for a second straight day to leap into a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles, raising hopes of a sixth Australian victory of 2020.

Scott made a sliding birdie putt from close range at the par-four 18th at Riviera to join world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and American Matt Kuchar in the lead at 10-under.

He will play in the final group tomorrow with that pair.

The 39-year-old Australian won the Australian PGA Championship in Queensland in December to break a winning drought, but if he wins tomorrow it will be his first US Tour victory since the Cadillac Championship in 2016.

A bunch of Australians – Cameron Smith, Min Woo Lee, Wade Ormsby and Marc Leishman – have already had wins in 2020 on the US, Asian and European Tours.

Today, Scott made six birdies and two bogeys in his 67, including three in a row from the ninth hole.

He has a history at Riviera, having won this tournament in 2005.

Meanwhile on the Champions Tour, Perth’s Stephen Leaney has a chance to secure his first win. Leaney leads by a shot through two rounds of the Chubb Classic in Florida.

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