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Scott bags $US1.9 million cheque

Adam Scott
Adam Scott hits a tee shot on his way to 66 at East Lake today. Image: Getty

 

Adam Scott set himself up for a big trip to Australia for the Presidents Cup by finishing sixth in the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship in Atlanta today, picking up a $US 1.9 million cheque.

Scott played beautifully again in the final round, shooting a four-under par 66 to finish the week at eight-under par, 10 shots off the winning total secured by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy under the tour’s new handicap system.

For the week, he shot five-under par overall, the fifth-best total.

Scott made a lot of putts and hit the ball well but McIlroy was at his irresistible best, shooting four rounds in the 60s on the par-70 East Lake course, and blowing away the field by four shots. The Irishman, who becomes the second person after Tiger Woods to win the Fedex Cup title twice, picked up the $US15 million prize cheque when he birdied the last two holes.

A year ago, McIlroy was in the final group to watch Tiger Woods’ triumphal march to his first win in five years at East Lake. This time, the cheers were for him, and world No. 1 Brooks Koepka was in the shade.

“I must say I didn’t enjoy that walk last year as much as everyone else did,’’ he said. “I played terribly. I got myself into the final group, I never took the fight to Tiger. Going up against the No. 1 in the world today. He got one over me in Memphis, and I wanted some kind of revenge. So to play like that alongside Brooks and get the win, win the Fedex Cup. Yeah, it’s awesome. It’s amazing how different things can be in a year.”

McIlroy has won the Players Championship, the Canadian Open and the Tour Championship all in one year. He shapes as being a formidable presence when the majors begin next April.

Scott is set to play the Presidents Cup for the International team for the ninth time at Royal Melbourne from 12 December. He has not announced any other playing appointments for his home country but Golf Australia is hopeful he will play the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian in Sydney, the week before Royal Melbourne.

The other Australian in the field in Atlanta, Marc Leishman, finished tied-24th.

IN EUROPE, Aussie Wade Ormsby finished tied fifth in the Scandinavian Invitation with a closing 69.


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