Adam Scott – a week of sharp improvement but ending in a narrow miss – file photo

Adam Scott entered this week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro in North Carolina knowing he needed a good week if he was to remain in the hunt for the riches of the FedEx Cup.

On Wednesday, Scott was in 121st place in the Fed Ex Cup standings knowing he needed to be inside the top 125 by week’s end if he was to advance to the first of the Playoffs in New Jersey this coming week.

Scott therefore needed to at least make the cut which he did on Friday with opening rounds of 66 and 70 to be just two shots inside the cutline and needing more work to ensure he would consolidate his standing and potentially have a good week in Greensboro.

Scott did exactly that with weekend rounds of 64 and 65 and when the dust had settled at the completion of 72 holes he found himself part of a six way tie for the lead and involved in a playoff for the title.

At the very first playoff hole Scott appeared to have secured the title when four of the six involved missed the green with only he and Roger Sloan finding the green.

Scott’s approach after a magnificent drive finished just 4 feet from the hole and when all of his opponents had saved par or, in the case of Sloan, had missed his birdie attempt from 15 feet, it was left to Scott to seemingly convert his short birdie attempt and win for the first time in nearly eight eighteen months.

Scott took his time, ensuring he had the line correct but in the end it appeared he pulled the putt and his five opponents breathed a sigh of relief.

At the second extra hole it would be Kevin Kisner who created a similar opportunity for himself when his approach finished just 4 feet from the hole and he would make no mistake after others had exhausted their chances of birdie including Scott who missed from 20 feet.

Kisner, therefore, won his 4th PGA Tour title and his first since the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play in 2019.

Scott tied for second with Branden Grace, Roger Sloan, Kevin Na and Si Woo Kim and will improve his standing in the world ranking to around 35th, a jump of 11 positions on that he had earlier this week.

Importantly, Scott will jump from 121st to 82nd in the FedEx Cup standings and will get to play next week’s Northern Trust event at Liberty National in New Jersey but will need to improve further if he is to be inside the top 70 who earn their way to the BMW Championship the following week.

Working in Scott’s favour in that respect is that he has previously won at Liberty National and with his game in great shape he is on target to go a lot further yet in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Scott was unavailable for interview following his round today but after Saturday’s round of 64 he gave an indication as to how he felt about his game.

“Yeah, the game’s felt good,” he said. “Sometimes it just has to come down to do or die to actually find it. I don’t know why it’s so hard other weeks of the year, you can’t fake that mindset, but this is what it is.

“It’s like qualifying this week for me, so I’ve got to get it done. I’d like to have another nice round tomorrow and see how far I can jump up going into next week on a course I’ve won at before and you’d just like to take some good form in. You just never know.”

The one man who perhaps had greater reason for regret was the man who led virtually from wire to wire before a missed 4-footer at the 72nd hole saw him slip back into a share of 7th rather than be part of the playoff.

Russell Henley led the event from his opening 62 and when he birdied the 10th today to be 3 under for the day he appeared to be headed for a comfortable victory. Then came a series of bogeys before the missed putt at the last.

Victorian, Cameron Percy, like Scott, needed a special week to jump inside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standing and although he played solidly to finish 37th he had not done enough and would eventually finish the season in 135th place in the FedEx Cup.

For Percy to regain full PGA Tour status he will need to play the Korn Ferry Tour Finals where the leading 75 on the Korn Ferry Tour join those players between 126th and 200th in the PGA Tour standings as they strive to earn one of the top 25 cards from that series of events.

Matt Jones was the other Australian to make the cut but finished 70th this week although he is well positioned in the FedEx Cup standings and will likely get to play at least two of the Playoff events.

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