Scott's putter comes alive in 65


FARMINGDALE, N. Y. – Adam Scott hasn’t been on a leaderboard in months, and he knows exactly why.

Typically one of the Tour’s leading ball-strikers, Scott has struggled on the greens since winning back-to-back events during the Florida swing. As a result, he hasn’t finished better than T-10 since leaving Trump National Doral with the trophy five months ago.

“I just haven’t putted well from the Masters through to now,” Scott said. “It kind of plateaued there, and then it’s just slowly drifted into very ordinary. That’s been disappointing, and it’s been hard to put a finger on it.”

It was a similar story through two rounds of The Barclays, but the Aussie turned a corner during his third round at Bethpage Black. After making less than 89 feet of putts over his first 36 holes, Scott made more than 150 feet of putts Saturday en route to a 6-under 65 that vaulted him up the standings.

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Scott didn’t even need his putter on the opening hole, jarring a 98-yard wedge for eagle, but he put it to plenty of use throughout the rest of the round. His makes included a 45-foot birdie on No. 12 and a 44-footer on No. 15, and now Scott sits at 7  under for the tournament.

“It was a quick start, and I rode it,” Scott said. “I played great the first two days but I made no putts, and I actually didn’t play as well today. … I kind of got away with the errors and took advantage of the lucky breaks. Sometimes you’ve got to do that.”

Scott began this week at No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings, largely thanks to his spring performance in the Sunshine State. After finishing T-18 or worse in each of the four majors, Scott views the playoffs as a chance for redemption.

It’s one he may very well be able to take advantage of at Bethpage should his putter cooperate once again during the final round.

“If I could finish the year off the way I started, it would salvage some of the disappointment of not really contending in the majors this year,” he said.