Scott go­ing on Quail hunt

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - EVIN PRIEST, AAP

WITH his sea­son hang­ing in the balance, Adam Scott has vowed to leave noth­ing in the tank at this week’s US PGA Championship.

The Aus­tralian world No. 17 has given him­self a green light to at­tack host course Quail Hol­low in the hopes of a birdie blitz at the year’s fi­nal ma­jor.

Af­ter a lean sea­son, Scott sits 61st on the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points race and will forgo the first two play­offs events in late Au­gust and Septem­ber to be with wife Marie as the cou­ple wel­come their se­cond child due on Au­gust 19.

The 37- year- old Scott plans to re­turn at the BMW Championship, the third play­offs fix­ture, but can only qual­ify for the Septem­ber 14 event if his points tally is enough to stay in­side the top- 70.

Scott has 637 points be­fore the PGA Championship and in 2016 com­pa­triot Marc Leish- man scraped into the top- 70 af­ter two play­offs with 853.

He has had a re­spectable sea­son, fin­ish­ing out­side the top- 15 just five times from 14 tour­na­ments.

At the ma­jors, Scott con­tended at the Masters and tied for ninth but missed the cut at the US Open and fin­ished 22nd at the Bri­tish Open.

The 2013 Masters cham­pion says only a vic­tory at the US PGA Championship can re­deem his sea­son.

“It’s win or bust, ba­si­cally. I’ve tried re­ally hard this sea­son but not all the chips have fallen my way. It seems like my game is close at times and then it’s not,” Scott said.

But Scott said miss­ing the Tour’s post- sea­son en­tirely could be lib­er­at­ing for his PGA Championship cam­paign.

“It can be, ab­so­lutely. I feel like I should just leave it all out there this week; have a crack and not worry about it too much. I may as well,” Scott said.

Com­par­ing his 2017 per­for­mance to the two vic­to­ries and two se­cond plac­ings he bagged in 2016, Scott gives him­self a pass mark for jug­gling de­cent re­sults with sched­ule changes and his wife’s preg­nancy.

Scott has played the tour­na­ment be­fore each ma­jor in 2017 to coun­ter­act spend­ing long pe­ri­ods at his Gold Coast and Switzer­land bases, rather than his pre­ferred Ba­hamas lo­ca­tion.

Gold Coaster Adam Scott.

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