PACIFIC PALISADES – Sunday introduced us the Riviera 500, the place pace killed and warning was prized.

Adam Scott was tied for the 54-hole lead, shot one-under-par 70, and nonetheless received the Genesis Invitational.

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Scott Brown, Patrick Cantlay and Vaughn Taylor shot 68. Nobody went decrease. The common rating was 72 on the nostril. There have been 42 over-par rounds Sunday, 26 greater than Saturday.

This was technically the identical course which Bubba Watson pulverized with a weekend 64-64 in 2014, but probably not. That was quicksand. This was concrete.

Add some wind and the standard riddles of George Thomas’ structure, and right here was the proper counterpoint to the Longball Blues.

The Royal & Historic and the U.S. Golf Affiliation got here out with a Distance Report that catalogued the best way that extreme tee-ball size turns the nice outdated golf programs into rotary-dial telephones. It’s a deep topic, but Riviera was the unquestioned star on Sunday.

“Firmness helps any golf course,” Max Homa stated after he completed fifth. “Possibly we don’t must be hitting the ball this far. But 11-under-par goes to win this match with the very best gamers on this planet.”

Homa, of Valencia, remembers coming right here and “sitting on that hill” behind the 18th inexperienced as Mike Weir and Phil Mickelson and Craig Stadler discovered victory.

“It was form of a pinch-me second,” Homa stated, “arising 18 with an out of doors likelihood to win.”

In truth he was tied for the lead when he obtained to the sand-ringed par-3 16th and flew his tee shot right into a bunker. “The ball at all times plugs there,” Homa stated, and he couldn’t save par.

Then he flew his second shot on 18 into a troublesome spot behind the inexperienced and couldn’t scramble. A discourteous fan compelled Homa to again off his putt.

“I had a pleasant contingent right here, and additionally a woman who didn’t need me to make that putt,” Homa stated. “But I like coming right here. It’s my favourite golf course.”

Harold Varner III was additionally hanging in when he obtained to the 10th tee, the driveable par-Four that turns right into a honey badger once you get out of line.

One of the best touchdown place was to the left of the inexperienced. Nobody envisioned the place Varner put his.

Because the bleacherites close to the 10th inexperienced blinked, Varner walked 129 yards down the golf green and then stopped. That’s the place his chunked 3-wood had landed. It robotically certified Varner for subsequent 12 months’s Media Day.

“It’s not like I haven’t carried out it earlier than,” Varner stated. “I did the identical factor in Korea, similar membership, similar wind, every little thing. I simply hit method behind the ball.”

A standard par-4, on a typical, two-lane blacktop PGA Tour course, would have allowed Varner to smack his subsequent shot onto the inexperienced and survive. Not right here.

“I used to be screwed,” he stated.

He steered his second shot into the tough, and then throughout the inexperienced right into a bunker and wound up making a 9-footer for double bogey. A bogey on the par-5 11th despatched Varner into 13th place.

The No. 1 participant on this planet was not immune. Taking part in the par-Four fifth gap with Scott, Rory McIlroy drove into the tough and then lifted a “flyer” that bounded over the inexperienced and right into a gully. Scott obligingly did the identical factor.

Neither man may discover the inexperienced along with his third shot. The distinction was Scott made his double bogey putt and McIlroy missed his.

Once more, the aftermath was telling. McIlroy’s tee shot on No. 6 landed on the fallacious aspect of the bunker, and he made bogey, though he rallied for a fifth-place tie.

Scott rolled in an 18-footer for birdie, and he shook his fist meaningfully, as if he knew this was larger than most Sixth-hole occasions.

“It’s so robust when it performs like this,” Brown stated. “I used to be taking part in 15 yards in need of a few of these flags, banking on a 7-8-9 yard hop and then releasing out. You’ll be able to’t get shut to those pins.”

But Scott was so desirous to get again to the elite that he whacked his drive on 15 whereas the earlier group was nonetheless within the fairway.

Joel Dahmen gestured towards the tee, but then he birdied 16 and then 17 and wound up within the fifth-place scrum.

“So I assume that actually fired me up,” he stated, laughing.

The idyllic climate and the glittery subject introduced extra of us than ordinary by means of these slender neighborhoods. They had been rewarded with golf performed accurately. The man who hit essentially the most greens in regulation (52 of 72) received.

“It’s an important take a look at of golf,” Varner stated. “And I assume they will throw away that Distance Report factor.”