Adam Scott +1
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.