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Adam Scott walked off Sedgefield Country Club on Saturday frustrated. After making five bogeys on the back nine – including three straight to end his round, on a course where the field went under par – Scott found himself tied for 34th at the Wyndham Championship. He was projected at No.84 in the FedExCup standings and 13 strokes behind the leaders.
But he hit the refresh button on Sunday, carding eight birdies to just one bogey in a round of 7-under 63. In stark contrast to Saturday, his back nine featured a heroic run that included back-to-back birdie putts on Nos.16 and 17 from 36 and 17 feet, respectively.
So what went differently? He’s honestly not sure.
“I didn’t play well on Friday and Saturday tee-to-green, didn’t feel amazing, so I didn’t really have any expectations,” Scott said Sunday. “That might have been a good thing for a good score. I wish I knew what I was doing, but I don’t.”
Whatever the difference-maker was, Scott seemed to be an unstoppable force on Sunday. He striped approaches to 8, 13 and 4 feet on holes 1, 3 and 9, respectively. His lone bogey came at the par-4 second after three-putting from 31 feet. Making the turn in 3 under, he went on to birdie holes 13, 14, 16 and 17 for a back-nine 31.
The 43-year-old Scott took just 28 strokes to sink 145′ 11″ worth of putts and was among the leaders in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting.
Scott came into the week at No. 81 in the FedExCup standings, needing at minimum a two-way tie for ninth place but more likely a three-way tie for third based on PGA Tour projections.
He currently stands projected to move to 72nd. If he were to miss the Playoffs, Matt Kuchar (currently 59th in the standings) would remain the last man standing to qualify for every single Playoffs since they began in 2007.
Certain that he was too far back, Scott came off the final green surprised at his chances.
“Actually, it’s close right now,” said the 14-time PGA Tour winner. “So I don’t want to get my hopes up, but there’s a chance. I think if the wind stays around, the greens are very, very spicy out there, so it’s not easy to nestle it up near the hole and get the ball in the hole. If it was a little easier out there, I’d say it has no chance, but you never know.”
Ahead of the Wyndham Championship, Scott admitted, “One better round of golf this year and I’d find myself well inside the FedExCup line at the moment at the right time, that’s how small a margin it is over a season – just one round that is a few shots better.”
He’ll have to wait and see if this round pulls him over that line after the final round of the Wyndham Championship was suspended at 4:52 pm local time when a string of thunderstorms was anticipated to roll in near the area.
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