Scott makes dash to save US sea­son

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Adam Scott hopes a two-week break in Aus­tralia and the birth of his sec­ond child can rein­vig­o­rate his game ahead of a globe-trot­ting at­tempt to save his US PGA Tour sea­son.

Scott, who skipped the North­ern Trust in New York last week to be with wife Marie as the cou­ple wel­comed baby By­ron, has made a late dash from the Gold Coast to Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts for the sec­ond event of the $US67 mil­lion FedEx Cup play­offs.

Ranked 73rd in the FedEx stand­ings, Scott needs a strong re­sult at the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Cham­pi­onship in or­der to sneak into the top 70 and ad­vance to next week’s BMW Cham­pi­onship near Chicago.

World No. 18 Scott’s last tour­na­ment was the US PGA Cham­pi­onship, where he fin­ished equal 61st.

The for­mer world No. 1 feels an Aus­tralian so­journ could help him re­dis­cover form af­ter an ‘‘av­er­age’’ reg­u­lar sea­son that yielded nine top 15 fin­ishes from 15 events without a win.

‘‘Some­times these forced rests, they can hap­pen through in­jury or they can hap­pen through my sit­u­a­tion. And they can be a re­ally good thing for you,’’ Scott said.

Scott, 37, will look to chan­nel good vibes from his last visit to TPC Bos­ton, when he came home with a wet sail in the fi­nal round to fin­ish out­right fourth be­hind 2016 win­ner Rory McIl­roy.

How­ever, PGA Tour pun­dits are tip­ping coun­try­man Ja­son Day to pick up his first win of this year, point­ing to the fact the world No. 9 has never missed a cut in nine starts at TPC Bos­ton.

Day’s happy hunt­ing ground has de­liv­ered three top 10 fin­ishes among seven top 25s.

The Queens­lan­der, 29, is also com­ing off a tie for sixth at the North­ern Trust, which launched him 20 places in the FedEx stand­ings to 29th and sets up a strong chance to make the top 30 that qual­ify for the Tour Cham­pi­onship fi­nale in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia next month.

‘‘It would be great to get a win in the next two (events) and set my­self up for the Tour Champs,’’ Day said.

‘‘It’s huge, know­ing I’ve got some mo­men­tum. I feel good; I’m strik­ing it nicely, but I just have to hole more putts (than last week).’’

Marc Leish­man missed the North­ern Trust cut, but at 20th on points he re­mains the lead­ing Aus­tralian, while Bris­bane young­ster Cameron Smith also failed to make the week­end and dropped to 44th.

Like Scott, Queens­land vet­eran Rod Pam­pling will need to make a charge to keep his sea­son alive, en­ter­ing the event 71st on the stand­ings.

Af­ter win­ning the the North­ern Trust in a sud­den-death play­off against Jor­dan Spi­eth, world No. 1 Dustin John­son leads the stand­ings over Spi­eth.

The lead­ing points scorer at the con­clu­sion of the Tour Cham­pi­onship wins the FedEx Cup’s $10 mil­lion bonus prize.

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