Date: January 09, 2007
Author: Sportal

Scott climbs to third

Sportal Adam Scott&aposs second-place finish behind Fijian Vijay Singh at the Mercedes Benz Championship has seen him move up to No.3 in the world rankings. The 26-year-old jumped ahead of 2006 US Masters champion Phil Mickelson on golf&aposs official rankings and now sits behind No.1 Tiger Woods and second placed Jim Furyk. Scott charged home in the final two rounds at the Maui&aposs Kapalua Plantation course with a pair of four-under 69s but finished two shots shy of Singh, who carded a solid final round of two-under 70. The Queenslander&aposs second placing also gives him a great start in the PGA&aposs new FedEx Cup points race. The new competition runs from the beginning of January to the middle of August and consists of 36 events. Players will accumulate FedExCup points with the top 144 gaining entry to the PGA Tour Playoffs to contest the FedExCup. The Playoffs will consist of four events between late-August and mid-September and will feature a progressive cut through the first three events to determine the final 30 players who will qualify for The Tour Championship, where the FedExCup Champion will be determined. In addition, the top 30 finishers will be guaranteed exemption for the following year. The first event is The Barclays with all 144 eligible players contesting, followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship with the field cut to 120 players and then 70 for the third event, the BMW Championship. After one FedEx Cup event Singh leads with 4500 points followed by Scott with 2700.