Adam Scott teed off 2017 with a 3-under 68 Thursday at Riviera Country Club, returning to the site he lost by one shot at last year.
Ranked No. 7 in the world, Scott could face a very tough decision this summer. Scott and his wife are expecting a baby in August, around the same time as the Northern Trust, which begins the FedEx Cup playoffs. Scott said Thursday he would miss the event if that scenario happens.
“Hopefully I can play well enough to afford it,” said Scott, who has advanced to the Tour Championship six out of the last seven years, via GolfChannel.com.
It's not uncommon for players to skip either the first or second playoff event to gain a little rest, but Scott could be forced to make a very difficult choice if his child is born a couple weeks earlier.
The PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. N.C., takes place just two weeks before the Northern Trust. That would be a painful tournament to miss, but as we saw with Danny Willett last year at the Masters, sometimes that uncertainty can pay off.
For what it's worth, Scott skipped the Tournament of Champions in 2015 for the birth of his first child, a girl who was born in February.