Would there be a better way for Adam Scott to essentially put a lock on the PGA Tour Player of the Year honors than by taking home a victory at the TOUR Championship and the $10 million prize as the FedEx Cup winner? The Aussie comes to East Lake third in the FedEx Cup points standings and in control of his own destiny – and he is my favorite to win, despite the added pressure of being in the thick of the FedEx Cup championship hunt.
Scott has a bit of a love – hate relationship with this track. He won here in 2006 but his only other top 10 finish at this course came in 2011, when he finished tied for sixth. This visit is a whole lot different than his other ones, however. Scott has added a nifty green jacket to his wardrobe thanks to his win at The Masters. He also has that $10 million prize directly in his sights. Oh, and let’s not forget about his case for player of the year that would be considerably strengthened with a win this week.
He comes into East Lake 13th in total driving, 14th in greens in regulation and fourth in scoring average. Somehow, despite his impressive scoring average, he ranks a paltry 97th in strokes gained – putting. His all around ranking this season is seventh, which at least partially explains his six top-10 finishes. After winning The Barclays to start the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Scott slowed down a bit with a tie for 53rd at the Deutsche Bank and a tie for 28th last week at the BMW Championship.
Sure, there’s a lot riding on his performance this week, but Scott is never one to shy away from pressure. If he were one to shy away from pressure he would have folded at Augusta National instead of becoming the first Aussie to ever win a green jacket. Don’t expect Scott to fade away this week, either.