Adam Scott admits the $A12.
3 million on offer for winning the Tour Championship title and FedEx Cup this week would be sensational, but he puts the US PGA Tour’s Player of the Year award on a higher pedestal.
While the $US10 million ($A10.6 million) prize for the winner of the season-long points race on the US tour – the FedEx Cup – is enormous by anyone’s standards, the reality is money isn’t a problematic issue in Scott’s world.
The Australian world No.2 is driven by beating the best and striving to be the best and so he’s excited about the possibility of being voted PGA Tour Player of the Year by his peers should he triumph this week at East Lake Golf Club.
Scott would then have his major win at the Masters, plus two wins in the US tour’s playoffs series at the Barclays and the Tour Championship on his resume, plus the FedEx Cup title, providing a legitimate argument for beating world No.1 Tiger Woods for the award he has won 10 times.
Woods has won five times in 2013, including two World Golf Championships events, but hasn’t won a major, which usually weighted much heavier by the golfing fraternity.
World No.3 Phil Mickelson could also enter the discussion with a victory given he won the Phoenix Open and then claimed the British Open in stunning fashion in July.
“It’s been a great year for sure, but I think this week counts so much for me and how the year will be remembered by myself and others,” Scott said.
“There’s so much to play for. Two trophies here this week and also potentially throwing my name in a Player of the Year debate, which I think is quite a prestigious honour amongst the company that I play golf against.
“I really need to win to even throw my name in the hat there – then it could be possible.”
Scott wouldn’t go as far as saying he felt he’d deserve the honour if he won but, when asked if he’d give his vote to Mickelson should the left-hander win this week, he admitted he would lean that way.
“It would be hard not to give him (Phil) the vote, as then he has three wins with a major and Tiger has five wins and Phil has the FedEx Cup,” he said.
“I think it’s a pretty strong case to say Phil. But if you feel like five wins is more impressive, you can put Tiger.
“I think you’ve got a strong case to argue for both so that’s why it could go any way.”
Woods has always acknowledged the weight of majors and reiterated the prestige associated with winning the Player of the Year title.
“Absolutely, it does (carry huge importance).
The Player of the Year Award is something we hold dearly because it’s the respect of our peers,” Woods said.
“It’s voted on by our peers. Having a year where they think that you were deserving of the player of the year, it’s pretty special.”
The 14-time major winner also admitted the result this week could certainly influence proceedings.
“I think this tournament has a lot of value to it,” he said.
“It’s up for grabs.
“There are guys who have won a couple times but they’ve had major championships in there. I’ve won five times.
“I’ve had my years (winning it) over the course of my career, and hopefully this will be another one.”