Scott rebounds with sturdy Northern Belief begin

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Adam Scott tried to take the positives out of a powerful week that surprisingly noticed him with an opportunity to win on Sunday on the Wyndham Championship.

And but, lacking a 4-foot putt on the primary sudden-death playoff gap that will have received the event nonetheless stings, just a few days later.

Scott rebounded properly on Thursday on the Northern Belief, the place a first-round 67 noticed him end 4 strokes behind leaders Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm and in a tie for fourth.

However the missed likelihood at a win after a irritating stretch of golf remained on the forefront of his thoughts.

“I am very dissatisfied I did not win that event,” mentioned Scott, who had an eagle, three birdies and a bogey in his opening spherical at Liberty Nationwide. “I gave myself about nearly as good an opportunity as you can probably have, and I do pleasure myself on the truth that there have not been many putts to win a event that I have never made after I’ve had the possibility. And that is a reasonably brief one to overlook. So I imply … a bit embarrassing.

“I’ve actually struggled to get my recreation within the form to contend on the stage out right here this 12 months, and eventually it was feeling that manner. Importantly, I wished to convey it right here this week, and thus far I’ve. In order that outweighs the frustration, the encouragement of the place tee to inexperienced I really feel like I am going effectively. However I am working out of weeks to place that to make use of, so I might higher play effectively.”

Scott was barely inside the highest 125 heading to Greensboro, North Carolina, final week and his tie for second pushed him to 82nd within the FedEx Cup standings. The highest 70 after the Northern Belief advance to the BMW Championship subsequent week, and Scott wants a minimum of a tie for twenty fourth, maybe a top-20 end, to maneuver on.

The coronavirus pandemic has made for a troublesome time for Scott, who had COVID-19 final October and has struggled with the varied journey restrictions all over the world. Scott, who’s from Australia, makes his house in Switzerland along with his spouse, Marie, who had the couple’s third youngster final fall. Scott has no United States base, and time to see the household has been scarce, particularly with worldwide journey and quarantine points.

A 14-time winner on the PGA Tour, together with the 2013 Masters, Scott’s final victory got here on the 2020 Genesis Invitational, simply weeks previous to the pandemic shutdown. He was seventh on the earth after that victory however slipped to forty third earlier than shifting again to thirty seventh. The tie for second final week was simply his second top-10 in all that point.

Scott shot 65 to get right into a six-man playoff finally received by Kevin Kisner. On the primary playoff gap, he knocked his method to 4 ft, after which waited for all of the others within the group to play out. Every one in every of them made a par, so his putt was for the victory.

And a very long time elapsed earlier than he was in a position to hit that putt due to the variety of gamers competing within the playoff.

“There aren’t any excuses, however there was plenty of stuff happening,” he mentioned. “Plenty of guys holed out for 4 earlier than I might even hit my third. There was plenty of stuff happening across the gap, and I do not know the way lengthy it was earlier than I truly hit a putt as a result of I did not hit any warming up earlier than the playoff. So it may need been an hour. My routine does not actually have a follow [putting] swing, so I actually did not even make a transfer. That is all my fault. It was an odd scenario.”

And he selected to take a look at the nice that got here out of it.

“I had been so annoyed with the place my recreation had been sitting for a lot of the 12 months, there was a very excessive stage of satisfaction of simply enjoying effectively on that weekend, and actually, till the playoff, I had no expectation to win that event in any respect. After which I actually put my thoughts into successful it,” he mentioned. “It is most likely the least upset I have been to not win a event — or to lose a event as a result of I simply really feel prefer it’s been such a grind and I’m happy to considerably really feel like myself on the golf course once more. So I wasn’t punching something this time.”

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