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Scott's ranking rise continues with Memorial finish

Scott's rise continues (Photo: Getty Images)
Adam Scott has finished two shots behind the winner, Patrick Cantlay, at The Memorial Tournament in Dublin in Ohio, securing outright 2nd place in the event with a final round of 68 to record his second runner-up finish of the season and he will move inside the top 20 in the world for the first time in nearly two years.

It was Scott's best finish in 12 starts in the event, heading his previous best of 4th in 2006 and 2014.

Scott’s progress in 2019 and the improvement in his overall game opens the door for a chance to perform well at the upcoming US Open at Pebble Beach.

Scott began the final round two shots behind the 54 hole leader, Martin Kaymer, both players looking for their first in more than three years but it would be Cantlay who reeled off the lowest final round score by a winner in this event’s 43-year history.

Scott began with a birdie to immediately close the gap to one and after making the turn in 34 he was still within striking distance and just two behind Kaymer and one behind Cantlay at that point.

When Scott bogeyed the 10th he appeared to have lost his chance but Kaymer would falter over the closing stages and it would be Cantlay who, playing in the group ahead of Scott and Kaymer, would storm home with three further birdies to add to his opening nine of 31 and win by two.

It was Cantlay's second victory on the PGA Tour and puts to bed a lot of recent discussion on his apparent inability to finish off events given his 11 top tens in the last twelve months without a win.

Marc Leishman produced a very strong weekend to finish alone in 5th place, reversing some indifferent recent form and revitalising his chances for success in the two remaining major championships in 2019.

Aaron Baddeley was 22nd and Matt Jones 41st. 

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