Adam Scott – his fine weekend in Greensboro and a previous win on the course give hope this week

The first of the three lucrative FedEx Cup Playoffs begins on Thursday at the Northern Trust Open at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City in New York, the leading 125 from this season’s FedEx Cup points table eligible to play the event, 124 of those having entered.

Six of those 124 are Australians. In qualifying order, Cameron Smith (16th), Marc Leishman (33rd), Cameron Davis (36th), Matt Jones (39th), Adam Scott (82nd) and Jason Day (110th) have played their way into the lucrative Final series, creating the opportunity to add significantly to their regular tour season earnings.

The first two of the events, including this week’s Northern Trust Open and next week’s BMW Championship carry prizemoney of US$9.5 million with a first prize of US$1.71 million. The purse for the Tour Championship in Atlanta has yet to be declared but it is assumed it will be significantly higher again.

Every one of the players who made it to the Playoffs is guaranteed a bonus of US$70,000 but for making it to the BMW Championship a player is guaranteed a minimum of US$140,000 and by graduating to the leading 30 players who will play the Tour Championship the minimum return is US$395,000 and rising to the point where the winner of the FedEx Cup will take home US$15,000,000 in bonuses.

These bonuses are of course in addition to any money won in the Playoff events.

The leading 70 on the FedEx Cup table at the completion of this week’s event will advance to the BMW Championship, the leading 30 at the completion of that event making it to the Tour Championship.

Of the Australians, Adam Scott is shaping as a genuine chance to do well. His brilliant weekend in Greensboro three days ago suggests his game is in fine shape and, importantly for his chances of improving his FedEx Cup standing this week, is that he won over this layout back in 2013.