Adam Scott – file photo Bruce Young

Birdies at the last two holes of his final round of this week’s CJ Cup at The Summit in Las Vegas in Nevada has seen Adam Scott record a 5th place finish, his second best of 2021.

Scott was in 3rd place heading into today’s final round and just three behind the then leader, Rickie Fowler. The 41-year-old was unable to build any momentum early in his round, the impressive putting of the opening three days no longer evident as he struggled on the greens for much of today.

The two birdies to finish, however, were important as they moved him from a 14th place finish to his four-way share of 5th and a cheque for US$342,000.

“It was a great week,” said Scott. “I mean, I played a lot of good golf. Anytime you reach 20 under par, there’s not too much going wrong, but going for the win today, I simply just did not have a good day on the greens.

“I played well, I gave myself all the opportunities and I didn’t make any of them and that was the difference. I think I played well enough to contend, but just left it all on the greens today.

“I was starting three back today so I had my work cut out for me, but it’s a course where you can get hot and run the tables and that didn’t happen for me, so I’m happy with my form. Hopefully with a couple more starts by the end of the year I can get a win.

“Those starts are likely to be the Houston Open and the RSM event.”

Cameron Smith finished one behind Scott in a share of 9th, while Marc Leishman’s final round of 64 moved him into 38th place along with Matt Jones, with Jason Day and Cameron Davis finishing 64th.

“Yeah, pretty good, very solid,” said Smith referring to his week. “I can’t say my prep was too good the last four or five weeks, but the game progressively felt better and better. The course got trickier and trickier and I was able to be there in contention, I guess, come Saturday, Sunday.”

The winner Rory McIlroy secured his 20th PGA Tour title with a one shot victory over Collin Morikawa the latter of whom produced a last round of 62 and just failed to earn him a place in a playoff against the man from Northern Ireland.

McIlroy was at his brilliant best, his win coming just a couple of weeks after what was a gut wrenching result for him at the Ryder Cup.

“I feel like a couple weeks ago at the Ryder Cup it was a big week for me in a lot of ways,” said the winner.

“I feel like I learnt a bit about myself, and there was a bit of reflection done over the last couple weeks. I felt like I started to work on the right things on my game. I didn’t think that it would translate into a win this quickly, but I’m thankful that it did.”

“It’s quite an achievement,” said McIlroy referring to his now 20 wins.

“I still need a couple more years on Tour to get that lifetime exemption, but at least I’ve got the wins. I was asked that question at the start of the week and it is a pretty big carrot. I think to get to 20 wins out here is a big achievement.

“Yeah, I mean, I didn’t know if it was going to be this week, but I knew if I just kept my head down and kept playing well and doing the right things, eventually I’d get there. Yeah, I’ve been close to starting my season with a win before, I think I finished second or third like eight times, so to get a win, yeah, it’s great. It feels really good, some validation of what I’ve done the last few weeks and just keep moving forward.”