22 Aug 2022 | Professional golf |
Aussies on Tour: Scott into Tour Championship with $500,000 sand save
by Australian Golf Media
By Tony Webeck
A brilliant up-and-down from the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole has guaranteed Adam Scott a spot at the PGA TOUR Tour Championship and a pay day of at least $US500,000.
Scott was the only Australian to join Cameron Smith at the FedEx Cup Playoffs finale at East Lake Golf Club and he did so in dramatic fashion.
Two strokes off the lead at the start of the final round, Scott had his eye on a drought-breaking win yet by day’s end had to scrap to stay in the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings.
Bogeys at two, seven and nine saw Scott make the turn in two-over and in very real danger of falling out of Tour Championship contention.
As champions do, however, Scott responded.
He holed a 15-footer for eagle at the par-5 12th, dropped a shot at 13 but then hit back with a birdie at the par-5 14th when he got up-and-down from the greenside bunker.
From there he walked the tightrope towards Atlanta.
He two-putted from 59 feet at the par-3 15th, from 66 feet at 16 and 49 feet at 17 but his greatest test was yet to come.
The 42-year-old was left with an incredibly awkward second shot when his tee shot skipped into the left rough.
Forced to stand in the bunker with the ball at knee height in the rough, Scott’s approach shot from 131 yards turned over and found the trap to the left of the green.
It left a bunker shot of 34 yards to a back right flag, Scott calling on all of his class to splash it up to inside two feet and make the putt and a final round of even par 71.
“It shows you that it was a tough day for me because neither were a good position,” Scott said of his second and third shots on the 18th hole.
“I was a little unlucky off the tee shot. Anything could have happened with the second shot. It came out not well, but it could have come out worse.
“Yesterday I hit a really nice long bunker shot on my second hole, and when I was in there kind of weighing up the shot, it just looked similar.
“I just had those kind of thoughts and took a swing at it, and it worked out.”
The only player to qualify for the Tour Championship from outside the top 70 two weeks ago, Scott is now guaranteed a FedEx Cup bonus of at least $US500,000, the prize for 30th place.
Scott will enter the Tour Championship in 29th position but with the belief that his golf is now at a standard that can challenge the world’s best again.
“This week I felt like I played really high-quality golf,” said Scott.
“I was out there with Scottie Scheffler yesterday who's obviously played incredible this year, and I felt like I was playing at that high, high level again, and I haven't been in so many of those situations this year.
“I felt like my game stacked up, and I felt like a top player.
“Hopefully stuff to build on this week, and go for it next week with really nothing to lose and head into the next season full of confidence and hopefully keep my head in this place where I feel like I'm one of the best players out here.”
Lucas Herbert put together a strong weekend with rounds of 68-69 to finish tied for 15th, not enough though to play his way into the Tour Championship.
Marc Leishman (70) and Cam Davis (71) also made progress on the leaderboard on Sunday but like Herbert, not enough to qualify for the FedEx Cup finale.
With a PGA TOUR card for next year already secured, Harrison Endycott’s tie for 18th was the best of the Aussies in week one of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
Endycott was four-under through his first five holes on Sunday but after birdies at 16 and 17 double-bogeyed his final hole for a round of 67.
Min Woo Lee (67) and Jason Scrivener (69) were one shot back of Endycott in a tie for 26th, Aaron Baddeley’s four-under 67 lifting him into a tie for 37th.
Jake McLeod’s tie for sixth at the D+D Real Czech Masters was his best career result on the DP World Tour, Karis Davidson was tied for eighth at the Simone Asia Pacific Cup in Jakarta and Todd Sinnott, Brad Kennedy and Stuart Appleby recorded top-15 finishes on the Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Champions Tour respectively.
Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington, Delaware
Winner Patrick Cantlay 68-68-65-69—270 $US2.7m
T5 Adam Scott 65-69-69-71—274 $547,500
T15 Lucas Herbert 70-70-68-69—277 $247,500
T28 Marc Leishman 68-71-71-70—280 $104,250
T35 Cam Davis 69-67-75-71—282 $67,750
Korn Ferry Tour
Albertsons Boise Open
Hillcrest Country Club, Boise, Idaho
Winner Will Gordon 67-66-67-63—263 - Won on the first hole of sudden death playoff
T18 Harrison Endycott 68-64-69-67—268
T26 Min Woo Lee 63-69-70-67—269
T26 Jason Scrivener70-66-64-69—269
T37 Aaron Baddeley65-68-71-67—271
MC Anthony Quayle 68-71—139
DP World Tour
D+D Real Czech Masters
Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
Event reduced to 54 holes due to rain
Winner Maximilian Kieffer 68-66-66—200 €297,500
T6 Jake McLeod 67-68-69—204 €56,875
T41 Zach Murray 71-68-71—210 €9,800
T60 Maverick Antcliff 70-72-73—215 €5,075
67 Jordan Zunic 68-74-77—219 €4,200
MC Austin Bautista68-76144
MC Dimitrios Papadatos 75-69—144
MC Elvis Smylie 73-71—144
International Series Korea
Lotte Skyhill Country Club, Jeju, Korea
Winner Taehoon Ok 68-64-69-68—269 $US270,000
T15 Todd Sinnott 69-73-67-67—276 $18,112.50
T25 Travis Smyth 70-72-66-69—277 $14,325
T29 Sam Brazel 68-71-69-70—278 $11,766.67
T38 Brett Rumford 66-74-69-70—279 $9,615
T44 Wade Ormsby 69-72-67-72—280 $8,475
T51 Jake Higginbottom 69-68-77-68—282 $6,450
T59 Ben Campbell (NZ) 67-73-73-71—284 $5,100
T68 Cory Crawford 70-72-74-72—288 $3,675
T72 Daniel Fox 70-71-71-77—289 $3,225
MC Ben Eccles 72-71—143
MC Junseok Lee 73-71—144
MC Kevin Yuan 74-71—145
MC Scott Strange 72-75—147
MC Blake Windred 72-82—154
Japan Golf Tour
Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup
The North Country Golf Club, Hokkaido
Winner Hiroshi Iwata 68-68-66-67—269 ¥24m
T14 Brad Kennedy 69-70-71-70—280 ¥1.944m
MC Dylan Perry 76-68—144
MC Adam Bland 75-71—146
MC Andrew Evans 73-74—147
MC Brendan Jones 76-72—148
MC Michael Hendry76-74—150
MC Matthew Griffin 72-78—150
Ladies European Tour
Aramco Team Series – Sotogrande
La Reserva Club De Sotogrande, Spain
Winner Nelly Korda 67-69-67—203 €73,954.95
T39 Stephanie Kyriacou 69-77-71—217 €3,106.11
MC Whitney Hillier 76-74—150
Ladies Asian Tour
Simone Asia Pacific Cup
Pondok Indah Golf Course, Jakarta, Indonesia
Winner Princess Mary Superal 66-71-67—204
3 Lydia Ko (NZ) 66-72-70—208
T8 Karis Davidson 72-75-68—215
T17 Momoka Kobori 76-70-73—219
T22 Cassie Porter 80-73-70—223
PGA TOUR Canada
CentrePort Canada Rail Park Manitoba Open
Southwood Golf and Country Club, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winner Parker Coody 65-62-67-67—261
MC Will Barnett 74-76—150
DICK’S Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, New York
Winner Padraig Harrington 66-67-67—200 $US315,000
T15 Stuart Appleby 68-70-70—208 $29,937
T31 John Senden 74-70-67—211 $14,175
T37 Steven Alker (NZ) 71-74-67—212 $10,920
T37 David McKenzie70-70-72—212 $10,920
T61 Robert Allenby 72-72-73—217 $2,940
T71 Rod Pampling 71-75-73—219 $1,659
Irish Legends presented by McGinley Foundation
Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort, Ireland
Winner Phillip Price 72-70-71—213
T16 Michael Long 74-74-72—220
T31 Peter Fowler 76-75-71—222
T39 Peter O'Malley 77-79-69—225
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