Day fires as Scott stumbles at Barclays

Australia's two highest ranked players had polar opposite weeks at The Barclays, Jason Day jumping to the top of the FedEx Cup standings with a win in New Jersey while Adam Scott's year came to an end with a missed cut.

Day played extraordinary golf to trounce the field at the Plainfield Country Club, his six shot win vaulting him into prime position to become the first Australian to take out the US$10 million FedExCup prize pool.

The 27-year-old has clearly announced himself as the third wheel in golf's New World Order with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, his win this week his fourth of the season.

But while Day continues to roll in what has become a career-defining season this week's event put a full stop at the end of a forgettable 2015 for Adam Scott.

The former World Number One has struggled to produce his best golf for more than a round or two at a time this year after a delayed start to his schedule thanks to the birth of daughter Bo Vera in February.

While he played brilliantly in patches Scott seemed under done for the most part, the limited schedule, which has worked so well for him in recent years seeming to have the opposite effect in 2015.

While disappointed with his play at the Barclays Scott was philosophical about his 2015 telling AAP's Ben Everill it had been a year of disruptions.

"There's been a lot of fiddling with lots of different things: caddies, equipment, a new family, and everything has time to fall back into place and refocus and come up with a better plan," he said.

"I just need to get everything back in place and back into the slot and get some consistency."

Scott was the only one of six Australians in the field not to advance to next week's Deutsche Bank event in Boston.

Steven Bowditch produced the second best score of the final round to jump into the top-15, his 6-under 64 including four birdies and an eagle and giving him plenty of confidence for the final three events.

John Senden (T45) and Matt Jones (T53) were the other Australians to play the weekend, Senden moving up seven places on the FedEx standings while Jones dropped two.

The top 100 play in Boston next week with the top 70 qualifying for the following week's BMW in Chicago and the top 30 playing the TOUR Championship in Atlanta to finish the season.

After The Barclays Jason Day is first in the FedEx Cup standings and guaranteed to make it to Atlanta while Steven Bowditch is 20th and an excellent chance.

Matt Jones sits at 57th, Marc Leishman 61st and Senden is currently 81st, Jones and Leishman likely to advance to at least the BMW while Senden needs another good performance next week to stay alive.

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