Two Big Player Droughts Broken on Sunday

by Maura Hutchinson

It was a weekend of hard-earned victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours, as well-seasoned players returned to the winners’ circles after long droughts. Read on to find out all the action from the Genesis Invitational and the Women’s Australian Open.

Scott Returns to the Top 10

The Genesis Invitational has given Adam Scott his first PGA Tour victory in three years, propelling the former world number one back into the top ten for the first time since 2017.

In a field including nine of the world’s top ten players, Scott was able to hold his nerve on a wild Sunday, securing a 2-stroke victory over American Scott Brown. This marks the Australian’s second win at Riviera Country club, although his first win 15 years ago didn’t officially count as the event had been shortened to 36 holes due to rain.

“I’m stoked with this,” Scott told reporters afterwards. “It’s a big step, whatever point in my career I’m at. I haven’t won for three years. This feels very special.”

Scott’s last non-PGA victory came just before Christmas when he won the Australian PGA. It looks like the 39-year-old is back on form and ready to tackle the next phase of his professional career.

“For a couple years [the title drought] weighed on my mind; it was frustrating and I was pushing myself very hard and in the wrong direction,” Scott said.

Adding, “The next five years can be my best years on tour. However, that’s easy to say but very hard to do, because there are so many great players.”

We can’t wait to see what Scott has in store for this year’s majors! Here’s a look inside his winning bag:

Driver: Titleist TS4
Fairway Wood: Titleist TS2
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8
Putter: Scotty Cameron Xperimental Prototype Rev X11
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Park proves she’s still got it…

Inbee Park has ended a nearly two-year drought on the LPGA, winning the Women’s Australian Open by 3-strokes over Amy Olson.

This marks the 31-year-old’s 20th LPGA Tour victory and moves her up to first in the Race to the CME Globe standings.

“It’s joy I’m feeling — and relief,” Park told reporters on Sunday. “I didn’t know when it was going to come. It took almost two years to come and I had been missing them [victories] quite a lot.”

Adding, “It’s good to have the trophy again.”

The South Korean’s final round wasn’t easy, with Park squandering a 7-stroke lead after bogeying the 14th and 16th holes. But the former world number one was able to hold her nerve when it mattered most, birding the 17th and making par on the 18th to ensure she lifted the trophy.

Take a look at Park’s winning bag:

Driver: XXIO Eleven
Fairway Woods: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero; XXIO Eleven
Hybrid: XXIO Eleven
Irons: XXIO Forged
Wedges: Cleveland RTX4
Putter: Odyssey Works Versa Sabertooth
Ball: Srixon Z-Star

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