He’s one to keep a light schedule, especially now that he’s approaching the twilight of his career. So why is he here?
Not to keep his PGA Tour card for the 2024 season. At No. 83 in the FedEx Cup Fall standings, he’s a lock to remain in the top 125.
He’s looking to climb up to Nos. 51-60, which will get him into the first two Signature Events of the season that come with oodles of cash and world ranking points.
That’s at least my guess of why he’s teeing it up. He’s got this week at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship and the RSM Classic next week to make his move.
Scott’s currently in the top 50 in the world where he’ll look to remain by year’s end. It’s not assured yet, so a high finish this week would be huge, even in a low-point event like this.
It doesn’t hurt that Scott gets to tee it up on a beautiful, tropical island, either.
This is his second start of the FedEx Cup Fall. He took T-41st at the ZOZO Championship last month.
Scott hasn’t won on any tour since 2020, but the 43-year-old Aussie has flashed some good form of late.
He owns five top-10s this year worldwide, including this fall at the BMW PGA Championship where he took T-7th.
The UNLV alum ranks 19th on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Total per round (.927). He’s still got the same silky swing that continues to produce good results. Scott is 26th in SG: Off-the-Tee (.421) and 45th in SG: Tee-to-Green (.465).
What’s also the same is his inefficiencies on and around the green. Fortunately for him, there aren’t too many players in this week’s field who’ve played Port Royal a ton. Those who have played well at this tournament don’t tend to come back.
Take defending champion Seamus Power, for example.
I envision Scott taking care of business by contending for the title and helping his cause to get inside the top 60 in the standings.