Date: September 03, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

Red hot Scott contends in Boston

Adam Scott made a flying start to the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston today, shooting a four-under par 67 to begin the US PGA Tour's second playoff tournament.

Scott, who is ranked fourth on the Fedex Cup points list after his fourth-place finish at the Barclays Championship in New York, made four birdies in the first seven holes of his opening round and appeared headed for an amazing round. But two bogeys on the back nine took some of his momentum.

Still, the Australian is tied-seventh through one round, two shots from the lead held by Americans Ryan Moore and James Hahn at six-under.

All the five Australians in the field went under par on a strong opening day. Marc Leishman carded a 68 after a dynamic outward nine of 30 to be tied 20th, while Aaron Baddeley and John Senden both had 69 and Jason Day started with a one-under par 70. Day learned after his round that his wife Ellie and two children, Dash and Lucy, had been involved in a car accident near the course, with Ellie briefly hospitalised. But they were not seriously hurt in the accident, which involved a bus rear-ending the car they were travelling in.

Leishman and Senden both need a good finish this week to push themselves back inside the top 70 who will progress to the BMW Championship. Scott and Day (ranked 2nd) are both still in the mix for the Tour Championship in Atlanta and the $US10 million Fedex Cup bonus prize.

Meanwhile at the LPGA's Manulife Classic in Canada, Australia's Minjee Lee is tied-13th through two rounds after she shot a 69 today to be the best of the Aussies.