One big goal of just about every professional golfer is to get ranked high enough to make it into those fat-cat, no-cut, guaranteed big money WGC events.
Tiger Woods made a career feasting on them.
But today, Adam Scott may be giving them the bum’s rush.
Scott is starting his season at the Sony Open where he opened with a fairly unremarkable 72 on Thursday.
Right now Scott is ranked No. 41 in the world and the way he’s going, he might not have to worry about the WGC events if his ranking keeps falling.
But the former Masters champion says he wants to focus on the majors and the WGC events don’t work for him with the compressed schedule this season.
“In the end I just kind of took the simple approach and thought I’ll just play the ones I like and that make sense to play,” Scott said after the Sony pro-am on Wednesday.
“At the moment I have not scheduled a World Golf Championship because they don’t fall in the right weeks for me.”
This year’s HSBC Champions has already been played, meaning there are three more WGC events this PGA Tour season – the February 21-24 Mexico Championship, March 27-31 Dell Match Play and the July 25-28 FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Scott has never played well in the match play, so skipping that is understandable and the one event that could suffer is the St. Jude Invitational. It falls the week after the Open Championship in Portrush and players would have to travel a long way and deal the late July heat and humidity in Memphis.
Scott won’t be one of them.
By the way, last place in those events is typically around $50,000.