Surging Scott leads Aussie charge at playoffs opener

THE Australian contingent are efficiently all through the combination within the midst of the opening spherical of the US PGA Tour’s Northern Trust in New Jersey.

Queenslanders Adam Scott and Cameron Smith every posted a two-under-par 69 at Ridgewood Country Club to take a seat merely three pictures as soon as extra of clubhouse leaders Kevin Tway, Jamie Lovemark and Vaughn Taylor (66) on Thursday.

One shot as soon as extra in a share of fourth is a logjam of avid players together with world No.1 Dustin Johnson, US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama (all 67).

Scott is assured of climbing additional up the leaderboard on day two, alongside collectively together with his 5 birdies soured by two blowout holes – a double-bogey 6 on the 16th and a bogey on his remaining gap.

“I missed fairly just a few fairways throughout the present day and managed to scramble efficiently,” Scott acknowledged. “But full, my swing has fallen correct proper right into a a lot greater rhythm; I carried out reasonably successfully for 16 holes and I like how I’m hitting it this week.”

While Smith and 2013 champion Scott carried out all through the morning, fellow Australian and former world No.1 Jason Day obtained off to a poor begin and was one-over by way of 11 holes.

2015 winner Day rattled off birdies on the 12th and 13th and had a golden numerous to climb additional up the leaderboard with a one metre birdie putt he inexplicably missed on the par-5 17th.

He then bogeyed the final word and signed for a 71 and at even par is 5 pictures off the tempo.

Marc Leishman rounds out the Australian contingent in New Jersey nonetheless struggled whereas having enjoyable with with 14-time main winner Tiger Woods and Tommy Fleetwood. Leishman carded a two-over 73, whereas Woods scrapped all through the slim fairways and thick sturdy at Ridgewood all via par 71.

The Northern Trust is the primary of 4 occasions which comprise the $US67 million ($A92 million) FedEx Cup play-offs.

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