Adam Scott was a surprise arrival to the Dell Technologies Championship for the second event in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He was planning to skip the opening two playoff events, and thus end his season, because his wife was expecting their second child in Australia.
Their son was born a little earlier than expected, and Scott was on his way to the scene of his first PGA Tour victory.
So much has changed since he won the inaugural event at the TPC Boston as a sponsor's exemption in 2003.
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It started as the Deutsche Bank Championship and gave all proceeds to the Tiger Woods Foundation. It became a FedEx Cup playoff event in 2007. It received a new title sponsor this year. And it has been five years since Woods has played. He finished third and surpassed $100 million in career earnings.
What hasn't changed is that the tournament still starts Friday and ends on Labor Day, and it still delivers big moments .
This is where Vijay Singh outlasted Woods and Scott in the final group to reach No. 1 in the world for the first time in 2004. It produced a pair of memorable 62s in the final round _ Charley Hoffman in 2010 when he won, Jordan Spieth in 2013 that earned him a pick in the Presidents Cup at age 20.
Rory McIlroy is the defending champion and twice a winner on the TPC Boston in the last five years.
At last year’s Dell Technologies Championship, McIlroy rallied from six shots behind with a 65 to beat Paul Casey.
The top 100 players remaining were eligible -- four players are absent due to injury -- and the top 70 advanced to the third playoff event in two weeks outside Chicago. Two players just outside the top 70 are worth noting. One is Scott, who is at No. 73 and at least has a chance to extend his season. The other is Bubba Watson at No. 72, who was outside the top 100 last week and now has a chance to join Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman as the only players to advance beyond the second event all 11 years of the FedEx Cup.
At the top of the standings are Johnson and Spieth, and no one would mind seeing another duel like last week.
Television: Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC); Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC).