Adam Scott has logged another top 10 at Medinah. Image: Getty
Adam Scott and Marc Leishman will participate in the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta next weekend, but they will have to do some serious chases under the new format of the tour climax.
Scott played a nice 67-lap round today at Medinah to finish in the top 10 of the BMW championship – his seventh top-10 finish of an excellent season – but left himself too much to break his winning drought.
The Aussie veteran has not won since the WGC Cadillac Championship 2016, but his 2019 has been excellent, with his world ranking back in the top 20.
Scott, 39, starts the Tour Championship 13th on the FedEx Cup point list with $ US $ 60 million in prize money and the line's bonus pool.
Leishman also had a good day in Medinah, shooting a second consecutive 67 to end in 19th, and he will be 21 out of 30 in Atlanta the following week.
The PGA Tour has changed the format to a handicap system next week, with the number 1 ranked player in the rankings, Justin Thomas, starting the week at 10-under par, the second seed at eight-under and retroactive from there.
Because 13th player Scott starts with three-under par, which means he sees Thomas seven shots before he starts on East Lake.
Jason Day missed the tour championship after being 54th in the BMW championship, meaning his season in America is over.
Thomas won the BMW championship with relative comfort, took six shots in the final lap and won with three shots from fellow American Patrick Cantlay. Thomas was the last to throw a four-meter birdie-putt for a closing 68 and 25-substandard overall, his 10th victory on tour but his first in a year.
"I forgot how hard it is to win," he said later, acknowledging that Cantlay had made life difficult with his closing 65. The Japanese Hideki Matsuyama was third at 20-under.
Among those who had to miss next week's Tour Championship were Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.
The winner of the Fedex Cup earns $ 15 million.