Adam Scott was slightly harsh on himself after he took a narrow lead at the BMW Championship yesterday night. He may not be the major-winning World No.1 that he was, but he's proven the spark is still there.
The smooth-swinging Australian hasn't won on the PGA Tour since the Genesis Invitational in 2020 and since then, he has made seven top-10s without converting.
At last season's Wyndham Championship, Scott missed a four-foot putt to emerge from a six-man playoff. Kevin Kisner went on to win and he was denied his 15th PGA Tour win.
As he leads the way at Wilmington Country Club heading into the weekend, he is now projected third in the standings and set to compete for the huge $18 million bonus at the Tour Championship.
"Overall, I felt really in control today. When you're playing that way, it always could be a couple better, and a poor shot on 17 was quite costly," Scott said.
"It's a good reminder for the weekend that I've really got to keep it under control and don't want to have too many get off the map and get out of position around here. But I kept it in position really well all day and had so many good looks and was cruising there for a while.
"But I'm in great shape going into the weekend. I don't even know when the last time I led a tournament was.
"Last week I kind of got it done with the putter, and this week it feels like the game is taking shape a bit, which is a nice position, and I played very free and was able to let go a little bit today and swing freely and rolled a few in. That's a nice feeling. I'd like that kind of feeling over the weekend."
The 42-year-old will have to fend off World No.1 Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, rookie of the year to-be Cameron Young and Corey Conners this weekend in Delaware who are all within one shot of the lead.