Adam Scott finished the PGA Tour's 2014-15 regular season at 94th in FedEx Cup points, with his meager playoff run ending after The Barclays, the first event in the four-tournament series. However, Scott finished the season at 70th on the money list.
The 2013 Masters winner noticed the disparity between what he earned, albeit in a lousy season, in cash and FedEx Cup points. So, the Aussie has decided to start this new PGA Tour season sooner and play more often. After this week's Presidents Cup and the Japan Open next week, Scott will play in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and the WGC-HSBC Champions in back-to-back weeks starting at the end of October.
"There's no doubt you're rewarded in the FedEx Cup by playing more," Scott said Tuesday at the Presidents Cup in South Korea. "I was surprised by my FedEx Cup number when I was out and my money rank. ... That's a big difference. But that's the way it is. The answer is always to play better, and I didn't. But look, I certainly see it as a positive to go to CIMB and HSBC and start quickly. Then I don't feel like I've given up the rest of the fall to the guys."
After the pair of PGA Tour openers, Scott will go to Oz for the Aussie Masters and Aussie Open before playing in the Hero World Challenge in December in the Bahamas, where he has a home. Once the calendar turns to 2016, Scott says he will play at least one event before the WGC-Cadillac Championship, where he began his season last March. Either the Northern Trust Open on The Honda Classic is in play.
As for who will loop for Scott, he's going to pull one from Ernie Els' playbook, splitting time with David Clark, who caddied for Paul Casey in 2015, and Steve Williams, who came out of semi-retirement to caddie for Scott in the bigger events of the summer, starting with the U.S. Open.
Scott did what he could to get 10 events out of Williams next season.
"I tried to get him out as much as possible, but he clearly doesn't want to be out here all the time," Scott said. "There's an incredible value with Steve, and we both feel we have some unfinished business."