Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott talked earlier this year about the joy of waking up in his home in The Bahamas and having a green jacket in his closet.
It doesn’t stay there.
Scott says he packs golf’s most famous jacket for just about every trip, including the Tour Championship, which
starts today in Atlanta.
“It’s here with me,” Scott said with a smile. “It comes pretty much everywhere. I wear it in my hotel room all the time just by myself.”
He was kidding about the last part – maybe.
Scott said sometimes he packs the green jacket in his luggage, “but I don’t mind carrying it around.”
Scott also said that on his way to Chicago for last week’s BMW Championship, he played a casual round at Shinnecock Hills and wound up setting the course record with 63.
Scott played the red tees, which are the tips on the Long Island course. He made a 12-foot putt on the last hole to beat by one the record set by Raymond Floyd during a recreational round in 1996.
“It’s pretty cool,” Scott said. “The members got pretty excited when I came off the course, and it’s one of the best tracks in the world, for sure. No one has ever shot that score in over 100 years off the tees I played. So that’s a pretty neat thing.”
Scott had rounds of 75-75 to miss the cut when the U.S. Open was held at Shinnecock in 2004. It returns there in 2018.
MONEY MAN: Phil Mickelson had planned to bring Jordan Spieth into his money game last week at the BMW Championship. Mickelson wants younger players involved to get them ready for matches that really matter, like the Presidents Cup in two weeks.
Mickelson didn’t get to Chicago until that Wednesday night because of personal reasons, so they played Wednesday at East Lake, site of the Tour Championship.
Spieth did great. Or at least, he had a great partner.
Word is that Spieth and Steve Stricker won the match and every press against Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, with Stricker doing most of the damage. Butch Harmon, who walked most of the day with them, had Stricker down for seven birdies and an eagle. Asked whether that was the case, Stricker smiled and said, “I didn’t keep track.”
WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING: Stricker (No. 6 seed) could finish second at the Tour Championship and still win the FedEx Cup if Tiger Woods is 16th or worse and the next four seeds finish out of the top 10. That would mean Stricker could capture the $10 million prize without ever winning a tournament this year.
In the six previous FedEx Cups, only twice has a player won the cup without winning the Tour Championship – Woods in 2009 (Mickelson won the tournament) and Vijay Singh in 2008, when the points system was so messed up that Singh only had to complete four rounds at East Lake that week.
Stricker, meanwhile, is among 13 players at East Lake who are still searching for their first win. And three of those players – Graham DeLaet, Robert Castro and Brendon de Jonge – have never won on tour in their careers.