There is Adam Scott, lurking again. Lurking in a good way.
Since the people who make the rules decided to try and speed up play by allowing players the option of putting with the flagstick still in the cup, Scott has been reborn.
Of course, he always seems to be strong in the early part of the year and it also seems as though he enjoys playing in California, as he did well at Torrey Pines in the recent Farmers Insurance Open.
Scott did not do quite so well the following week at the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but here he is going into the last day of play at the Genesis Open, hoping to chase down the red-hot Justin Thomas.
The season is young, at least the 2019 part of it, but a couple of statistics that reflect the boost putting with the pin in the hole have supplied Scott are that he is first on the PGA Tour in putting from 15 – 20 feet and 7th in the total number of eagles made.
Scott seems to be tuning up for a run at the US PGA Championship, which has been moved up to be the second of golf’s Majors for the year in May and there is no doubt that he would like to add a second green jacket by winning The Masters in April.
On the other hand, however, in his first outing in 2019, when the flagstick rule went into effect, Scott failed to make the cut in the Sony Open in Hawaii, so it would seem that the radical change to the rules required some time to become familiar.
Marc Leishman is also making his presence felt in the final stop of the early-season California swing. He is currently tied for fifth in a field that includes luminaries in the top 10 that includes Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods.
Aaron Baddeley and Cameron Smith are representing nicely as well, but 2017 Australian Open champion Cameron Davis did not make the cut in the Genesis Open.