In many ways the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake Golf Club mirrors Adam Scott’s season on the PGA TOUR.
Good performances have not yet been rewarded with a win but that can quickly be forgotten with a repeat of his Tour Championship victory of 13 years ago.
The staggered scoring format of the Tour Championship that sees FedEx Cup points leader Justin Thomas start the tournament with a two-stroke advantage at 10-under par means the person who has the lowest score for the week may not necessarily walk away with the Tour Championship, FedEx Cup and associated $US15 million in prizemoney.
With eight top-10 finishes including two second-place finishes Scott enters the final event of the season 13th in the standings and with an adjusted score of 3-under, meaning he will have to overcome a seven-shot deficit over the course of 72 holes.
Although teeing off so far behind is a not an insignificant hurdle, Scott told AAP that the format at least makes it possible for those further back in the standings to end the week on top.
"It is a big old exhibition at the end of the year with a pot of gold at the end,” said Scott, with the player who finishes 30th this week to pocket $US395,000.
"You can play great all year and not win (the FedEx) and you can play average all year and win it.
"And you can play somewhere in between... it's hard to know exactly what it is.
"It's now going to be interesting to see how the format shakes out.
"It is probably better for someone running mid-pack.
"I'm sure someone is going to be very happy with it and I'm sure someone is going to be very disappointed with it."
Scott’s current ranking of 15 is the former world No.1’s highest position since the Scottish Open two years ago and his season statistics highlight just how complete and consistent his season has been.
His peerless ball-striking sees him ranked fourth in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green and Strokes Gained: Approach the Green to go with a ranking of fifth for Strokes Gained: Around the Green, all of which adds up to a Strokes Gained: Total ranking of third.
It’s why he isn’t discounting his chances of securing a second Tour Championship title at East Lake.
“If I can keep it really tight I feel like I’ve got a chance,” said Scott, who qualified fourth for the Internationals Presidents Cup team.
The only other Australian to qualify for the Tour Championship, Marc Leishman, must come from even further back in the pack to win.
Qualifying 21st earns Leishman just a one-stroke head start on the back of successive rounds of 67 to finish 19th at last week’s BMW Championship.
Leishman has qualified for the Tour Championship on three previous occasions with a best finish of tied for 21st in 2018.
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