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When Adam Scott left the

Quail Hol­low Club after a T-61 fin­ish in the PGA Cham­pi­onship on Aug. 13, he ex­pected his 2016-17 PGA TOUR sea­son was over.

Scott was 61st in the FedExCup stand­ings when he eaded back to Aus­tralia to be with his wife Marie in ad­vance of the birth of their sec­ond child. Plan­ning to miss the first two weeks of the FedExCup Play­offs, Scott thought that he would drop be­low the top 70 that ad­vance to the BMW Cham­pi­onship.

How­ever, the early ar­rival of his son en­abled Scott to get a flight to Bos­ton and al­though he was late he made it to the TPC Bos­ton. He teed it up in the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Cham­pi­onship sit­ting 73rd in the FedExCup stand­ings but de­ter­mined to make the BMW Cham­pi­onship (Sept. 14-17) and pos­si­bly the 30-man TOUR Cham­pi­onship (Sept. 21-24).

After be­ing home in Aus­tralia for nine days with Marie, baby By­ron and the cou­ple's daugh­ter, Bo, Scott flew to Cal­i­for­nia, where he spent time club-test­ing at Titleist's Ocean­side fa­cil­ity just north of San Diego. He took a red­eye Tues­day night, ar­rived Wed­nes­day, and after some rest, Scott was at TPC Bos­ton ready to go.

“It's all good. The baby ar­rived Fri­day the 18th at 5 pm (in Aus­tralia) and it's a good thing he was early be­cause he wasn't small,” said Scott with a smile.

He con­ceded he had all but writ­ten off the first two events, but then came the early de­liv­ery and Scott won­dered if there could be a change of plans. Give credit, he said, to Marie. Yes, he “tip­toed around” talk of play­ing, but Scott said his wife was on board.

As for nam­ing his son By­ron, Scott nod­ded his head when asked if he had heard from peo­ple won­der­ing about an­other By­ron Scott. “Yeah, I have. I have a mate back home who is a huge bas­ket­ball fan,” and he now knows of the for­mer Los An­ge­les Laker and three-time NBA cham­pion.

But his son is By­ron for an­other rea­son.

“I just liked the name. It's a strong name and it has a lot of mean­ing,” Scott said. “There's a great spot, By­ron Bay (in New South Wales) in Aus­tralia, Lord By­ron, and Bryon Nel­son.”

The last name brought a nod of ap­proval from Scott. He met Nel­son at the 2006 AT&T By­ron Nel­son, four months be­fore the icon died at the age of 94. Two years later, Scott made “the Nel­son” his sixth PGA TOUR win.

“He was a great man,” Scott said. “As good a man as I ever met.”

His de­sire to play this week has sev­eral com­po­nents. One, “I'm not sat­is­fied with the year I've had,” and sit­ting 73rd in the stand­ings is a sore spot with him. So he'd like a few more chances to put a brighter bow on his 2016-17 sea­son. Then there's The Pres­i­dents Cup “and I'd like to find some form for that.”

The Sept. 28-Oct. 1 com­pe­ti­tion at Lib­erty Na­tional in Jer­sey City, New Jer­sey, means a lot to Scott, who'll be mak­ing his eighth ap­pear­ance in the team com­pe­ti­tion.

“We have a good team,” he said, “but our form is all over the place, so it would be nice to get that fixed.”

Given that his first PGA TOUR win came at TPC Bos­ton in 2003 and that he's fin­ished top 10 on five other oc­ca­sions, Scott is feel­ing good about his chances to play his way into the top 70 and a spot at Con­way Farms. With Marie, By­ron, Bo and other fam­ily mem­bers sched­uled to join him for the off-week, he said it will be a com­fort­able sit­u­a­tion for him through The Pres­i­dents Cup, at which time they'll all re­turn to Aus­tralia.

Jor­dan Spi­eth with cad­die Michael Greller. Adam Scott.

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