Adam Scott has shown his grit to scrape into the PGA Tour’s rich 30-man Tour Championship with a steely final-round 71 at the tour’s second play-off event in Wilmington, Delaware.
Scott needed to make a pressure-filled clutch par from a greenside bunker on the last hole to tie for fifth for the second week running and secure his place in next week’s season finale, which offers $US18 million ($26.1 million) to the winner.
With even the last-placed finisher in the 30-man field in Atlanta receiving $US500,000 ($727,000), Scott’s clutch bunker shot on Sunday was worth at least half a million US dollars as it tipped him into the field in 29th spot, having started the week at 45th.
Australia’s former world number one became the only player to fight his way through both FedEx Cup play-offs tournaments in the past two weeks after starting from outside the required ranking number.
He went into last week’s St Jude Championship in Memphis languishing in 77th spot in the Tour Championship standings but rose to 45th after finishing joint fifth to earn his spot in Delaware for week two.
Scott finished at 10-under on Sunday, four shots behind winner Patrick Cantlay, who edged out fellow American Scott Stallings for the win.
Cantlay became the first player in the 16-year history of the Tour Championship to successfully defend a play-offs tournament title after closing with a 2-under 69.
Cantlay is also the defending Tour Championship winner and will enter the final tournament of the 2021-22 season as the second seed behind world number one Scottie Scheffler.