INCHEON, South Korea (AP) – With three months left in the year, Adam Scott is just getting warmed up.
The Presidents Cup is the start of a busy stretch for the 35-year-old Australian, who will be playing seven of the next nine weeks in six countries on three continents, all but one of them counting toward the world ranking.
The biggest change for Scott is that two of them count toward the FedExCup.
Scott didn't play his first PGA Tour tournament this year until the Cadillac Championship at Doral in March. He played the HSBC Champions in Asia the previous fall (tie for 12th) and with his slow start in America, never was a factor in the FedExCup. He started the playoffs at No. 94, missed the cut at The Barclays and his season was over.
Scott will leave the Presidents Cup and play the Japan Open, and then picked up two PGA Tour starts by playing the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. He then heads home for the Australian Masters and Australian Open before returning to his other home, the Bahamas, for the Hero World Challenge.
"There's no doubt you're rewarded in the FedExCup by playing more," Scott said. "I was surprised by my FedExCup number when I was out and my money rank – 67 (money list) and 106 (FedExCup). That's a big difference. But that's the way it is. The answer is always to play better, and I didn't. But look, I certainly see it as a positive to go to CIMB and HSBC and start quickly. Then I don't feel like I've given up the rest of the fall to the guys."
And then he takes his big winter break? Not necessarily.
"I'm not discouraged by this year, but I sat back and had to watch everybody play well after playing so well myself the last few years," he said. "I want to make sure I'm in it by April, so I think there will be less of a break."
While his schedule is not set, Scott said he might play the Sony Open in Honolulu on his way back from Australia. He also plans to play in either the Northern Trust Open – he said Riviera is "my favorite track on tour" – or the Honda Classic.
That would give him an additional three starts compared with what he played last season on the PGA Tour.
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