'Sniffing a victory' at Riviera motivated Scott last year


LOS ANGELES – It’s the kind of run players dream about, a prolonged period of play during which nearly everything goes to plan.

For Adam Scott, that run began in 2016 at Riviera Country Club when he finished a stroke behind champion Bubba Watson, followed by back-to-back victories in his next two starts at the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship.

“Sniffing a victory really motivated me to go to Honda and take advantage of my game, my swing working into good shape and everything feeling very easy, which doesn't happen too often in golf, as we all know,” Scott said on Wednesday at the Genesis Open.

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As is normally the case, however, the game never remains “easy” for long. The Australian would post just one more top-10 in the regular season, although he did enjoy a playoff run that included three fourth-place finishes and a tie for eighth at the Tour Championship.

Getting to that place where everything feels easy can be difficult, but maintaining that momentum can be even more of a challenge.

“That's how I felt those three weeks, but then that didn't show up again for the rest of the year so I would love to know what it is and how to keep that momentum going because I only managed to do it three weeks,” he said.