Scott ups his bid for Player of the Year award

Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:42pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A late birdie blitz by Adam Scott rocketed the Australian into contention for the elite Tour Championship on Thursday, and gave him timely momentum in his bid to earn the PGA Tour Player of the Year award.

Coming into this week's PGA Tour season finale at East Lake Golf Club, the Masters champion had stated his burning ambition to be considered for the accolade but conceded that only victory here would thrust him into the conversation.

Scott certainly made sure he was a talking point after the opening round as he reeled off six birdies in seven holes from the 10th on the way to a five-under-par 65 to finish a stroke behind pacesetting Swede Henrik Stenson.

"I feel like my game's in good shape, and it was nice to kind of open up a little bit on the back nine and take advantage of some good shots," Scott told reporters after coming home in six-under 29 after lying one over at the turn.

"It was a tale of two nines, there's no doubt. I didn't start the way I wanted ... I missed three greens with wedges on the front nine and wasted all my chances to score.

"Then I hit two good shots into 10 and rolled in a putt in which calmed me down, and then I just went and played, and played the way I felt I could."


Though three rounds remain to be played in the fourth and final FedExCup event of the year where a $10 million bonus goes to the overall winner, Scott is excited to have the chance to advance his claims for Player of the Year.   Continued...