Watching the jumbotron on the driving range of Liberty National Golf Club, Adam Scott waited intently to see if Tiger Woods would sink his birdie bid on the 18th hole to force a playoff. The Aussie didn’t really need the video, as he was able to figure out what happened by the (lack of) exuberance from the crowd. When Woods’ birdie attempt came up a few revolutions short of falling, Scott picked up his second victory of the PGA Tour season.
The win moved him from 11th in the FedEx Cup standings all the way to second, a mere 162 points behind Woods. Scott needed a final round 66 to close out the one shot victory over a group of four players tied at 10 under par. He got his round started over an hour before the leaders, and admits that may have had something to do with his Sunday success. “But I guess it’s different playing an hour and a half in front of the leaders and the guys who have been under pressure all day,” he said. “When the pressure is on you to close out, it’s much harder and the holes become much harder and shots are far more crucial.”
Scott has proven that it doesn’t really matter when he starts his round – he is a force to be reckoned with this year. He’s already picked up a major championship and now has a win in the playoffs to his credit. There is a very good chance that he hasn’t picked up his last winner’s check this year. If Scott keeps playing this way he could very well be in line for the big $10 million prize that is awarded to the FedEx Cup Champion after the TOUR Championship.