Scott may end PGA Tour season on decline after missed Barclays cut


EDISON, N.J. – If the PGA Tour season has come to an end much earlier than anticipated — and when he left Plainfield Country Club after having missed the cut Friday morning at the Barclays, Adam Scott was projected to be outside the top 100 who make it into next week’s event — the Aussie leaves with an assortment of emotions.

Which sort of fits into his 2014-15 season, which featured an array of logistical challenges.

“There’s been a lot of twiddling with lots of different things — caddies, equipment, everything. New family,” Scott said after rounds of 71-73 left him 4-over at the halfway point, too high to make it into weekend play. It’s the fourth cut he’s missed this year, after having missed just one cut since 2012.

And whereas Scott has made the Tour Championship each of the last five years, it appears unlikely he’ll even make it into the second week of the playoffs, the Deutsche Bank Championship, this time around. (At No. 12, he’d be the highest-ranked player in the OWGR to not be eligible for the DBC field.) Having averaged seven top 10s in each of the last three campaigns, Scott had but three in 2014-15 and for just the third time in the last 10 years, he failed to win.

But if the 34-year-old Aussie felt there was reason to be concerned, he didn’t show it.

“It’s very hard to be consistent your whole career,” Scott said. “I’ve played the last four years incredibly well and obviously I’m trying to continue to play that well. I’m not playing that poorly, but some times it’s harder to pull off than others.”

Funny, but when Scott made stellar runs at the U.S. Open (T-4) and British Open (tied very late on the final day before he fell to T-10), no one could have envisioned this sort of stumble to the finish line — a missed cut at the PGA, a T-63 at the Wyndham, and a missed cut at The Barclays. But the Aussie said it was the way his year went, just no consistency, no rhythm, no momentum.

Scott came into the week No. 94 in the FedEx Cup standings and while he was projected to be 105th when he finished, a short time later that projection improved to 102. So, who knows. Maybe he will sneak into the Deutsche Bank Championship. But if he doesn’t, it’s not like he’s rushing back to the Bahamas to press a panic button. He said he’ll stick to his schedule — the Presidents Cup, the Japan Open, the HSBC Champions in China, the Australian Masters, then likely the Hero World Challenge in early December.

By then, Scott would have planned his PGA Tour schedule for next year and the only thing that seems certain is that he’ll start a lot sooner than he did this year, the WGC-Cadillac Championship in early March. He appeared confident that with the turbulence of 2014-15 behind him, the ship will be righted.

“Time now to get things to fall back in place, refocus, and come back with a better plan,” he said.

No worries, then. Heck, he didn’t even appear to be confused as to what he’d do with himself with such an early end to his season.

“Enjoy myself, I think is what I might do,” Scott said.

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