Thomas, Scott move into top spot at Riviera
February 15, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Justin Thomas, Adam Scott tied for the lead at Genesis Open
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Adam Scott has dealt with rain at Riviera Country Club before, so he knew it was all about fresh socks on a marathon Genesis Open Friday.
The 2005 winner of the event – which is deemed unofficial as it came after just 36 rain affected holes and a playoff with Chad Campbell – joined former FedExCup champion Justin Thomas on top of the leaderboard midway through the second round.
Having not started their assault on Riviera Country Club until Friday morning thanks to heavy rains on Thursday the pair shot 5-under 66s in the morning before facing a quick turnaround for the second round.
Both players were five deep again in their second trip around to move to 10 under, with Thomas through 12 and Scott through 11 holes.
J.B. Holmes sits third at nine under through nine holes of his second round. Holmes’ 8-under 63 was the best score of the opening round.
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Luke List (15 holes) and Jordan Spieth (yet to start round two) are the next best at seven under.
With less than 30 minutes between rounds on Friday, Scott was quick to point to a small veteran move as to how he dealt with the continuing wet conditions.
“You always feel better with fresh feet,” Scott grinned while holding up the wet pair from earlier in the day at his locker.
“It’s a good veteran move, and it helped me carry over the momentum from the morning.”
Despite his lone bogey over 29 holes coming from the three-putt, Scott continued a trend of putting well at Riviera Country Club.
“I just like the greens. Like I think I'm a good putter from above the hole and a crappy putter from under the hole, and I seem to hit it just above the hole and I drip them in nicely,” he added.
But while the Australian was putting well, Thomas was putting better.
His efforts certainly caught the eye of playing partner and tournament host Tiger Woods who incidentally struggled on the greens to sit one under.
“It was just amazing how well and how good JT putted today, he made everything,” Woods said of Thomas.
“He made tough conditions look easy.”
Thomas led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting over the completed first round and sat second in the field midway through his second round.
If he hadn’t of lost a ball in a tree during the afternoon, he’d likely lead the tournament outright.
“I'm striking it well. I putted really well today, which is nice, and I just, when I hit it in the rough or I hit it in trouble, I'm just kind of getting it around the green or getting it on the green,” Thomas said.
“I just managed my emotions really well today and tried not to let the weather get to me.”
It is an attitude he hopes to continue when he returns for the 7:00 a.m. local restart.
“It's hard playing 30 holes, but it's really hard when it's raining and it's soft. My legs are tired, so I just need to go home and rest and get some food and try to go to sleep as early as I can because tomorrow's the potential to be another long day,” Thomas said.
Scott said he has a few more veteran moves up his sleeve heading to what shapes as a very long weekend… not that he will reveal all of them just yet.
“The challenge is keeping the momentum. It's a whole new day, starting fresh. You warm up and see what side of the bed you wake up on kind of deal,” Scott said.
“The key again, just like when I changed rounds today or in between rounds, is to go out and keep that momentum going and not lose it, so I think that will be the goal for the rest of the weekend.
“If I can finish off this nine holes really good tomorrow and turn it around for the afternoon and play some more good golf, I'll be right there for Sunday.”
Only if he changes his socks of course.