Date: September 01, 2017
Author: Bernie McGuire in Norton, Massachusetts

New dad Scott fights jetlag

Just when you thought Adam Scott’s season was over …

The Queenslander makes somewhat of a surprise return to competition at this week’s Dell Technologies Championship in Boston, excited to be the father of two children and looking to end an 18-month winless drought.

The world No.18 left Australia after the birth of a first son that he and his wife, Marie, named Byron.

And contrary to many opinions, the Scotts did not choose the name after a relative or Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point.

“I could not be happier now with both a daughter and a son," Scott said.

"As for the name Byron, Marie and I just liked the name." 

Scott arrived in Los Angeles on Monday morning and headed straight for nearby Carlsbad where he visited the Titleist Performance Institute.

From California, it was on to Boston and this week’s second of four FedEx Cup playoff events.

But after arriving at the TPC Boston course late on Wednesday and then being awake at 5am local time Thursday in readiness for a 7.40am pro-am start, all Scott could do to fight jetlag was to head to the practice putting green after lunch.

He worked on his putting for more than two hours before making his way to the chipping area where he spent 30 minutes before moving on to hit around two dozen bunker shots and finally to the nearby range to hit six balls with his driver before leaving the course at 4.30pm.

“I’ve got a bit of jetlag, so the goal now in going back to my hotel is trying to stay awake to around 9pm,” he said.

Returning home to Australia following a major and before an important run of events is something Scott has not done before.

But on this occasion, Scott had good reason.

With his FedEx Cup ranking down to No.73, the 37-year-old needs a good showing this week to get himself a chance to qualify for the third playoff event, the BMW Championship in Chicago.

“Even with the birth of Byron I still managed to practice for a couple of hours every day back home at Sanctuary Cove,” he said.

“It’s also great coming back here to Boston as I have a pretty good record around here and the game is good to be perfectly honest.

“It has been good most of the year, but it has just been small margins here or there while my scoring average for the year is pretty good (PGA Tour – 69.88) while my results have not been all that bad, as well, even though I have not been really contending.”

Scott won the Boston event, then named the Deutsche Bank Championship, in 2003 for his first of now 13 victories in the United States.