Adam Scott is aware of what’s at stake this week at Sedgefield Nation Membership.
Though early, Scott is off to an excellent begin in his quest to maintain the FedExCup playoff collection alive.
Scott entered this week’s season-ending Windham Championship ranked No. 81 within the FedExCup standings, 11 spots outdoors the reduce to make the PGA Tour postseason. At a minimal, Scott will seemingly want to complete T9 this week to have a reputable probability at making it.
Understanding what was at stake, Scott shot to a wet begin to the match in Greensboro, North Carolina. Scott, although bogeyed on the second and closing gap of the day, missed a par 5-under 65. This gave him an early membership lead.
“I took my strategy in reverse and it was nothing wonderful, however nothing too dangerous, actually,” Scott stated. “So, you realize, only one final sloppy gap, however once you hit 65 you may take it and hopefully get off to an excellent begin tomorrow and hold the momentum going.”
Scott is one among solely two gamers on the tour to not miss a FedExCup qualifier because the format was launched in 2007. Matt Kuchar is the opposite, and he entered the week ranked 59th.
The PGA Tour modified its format this yr as effectively, making it harder to get into the post-season. Solely the highest 70 gamers, moderately than the highest 125, will crack subsequent week’s FedEx St. Jude match. Then the highest 50 will transfer on to the BMW Championship. Lastly, the highest 30 groups will head to East Lake for the Tour Championship.
Whereas he stated he favored the brand new playoff format — although he admitted it is “onerous to love once you’re on the market” — Scott stated his focus this week wasn’t on attending to the FedEx St. Jude.
“I am actually enthusiastic about profitable the championship, not simply making an attempt to get into subsequent week,” Scott stated Wednesday. “I most likely must get a reasonably excessive rating to win anyway, so I would as effectively take into consideration profitable. That is what I love to do most days of the week.”
Scott has gained a career-high 14 occasions on tour, most not too long ago on the Genesis Invitational in 2020. The previous world primary entered at No. 39 within the Official World Golf Rating. He has three top-ten finishes this season and is knocked out by T33 on the British Open final month.
Whereas his season hasn’t been nice, and there is nonetheless an extended strategy to go this week in North Carolina, Scott has at the least put himself able to proceed his season. That is all he can do.
And if it comes up brief, so be it.
“At this level, you realize, that is what it’s,” Scott stated Thursday. “I really feel like once I exit to play golf, I am there to do my greatest, and if I make it work, I do it, and if I do not, I do not.
“I’ve spent numerous years in FedExCup playoffs and all of those sorts of issues find yourself sooner or later.”